In the winter-time, we cover our plots of dirt with bark chips and colorful rocks (we spray-paint white rocks).
They have to be gathered up before new annuals can be put in (best to do on a dry dry day).
After everthing is up, be sure to turn the dirt before you plant (nutrients rest beneath). We turned in some compost from our neighbors (who we met while planting this patch two years ago).
It’s fun how a plot of sitting dirt will spit things, i.e., rocks, random city trash, etc., to the top.
A week later we picked up some flowers (and top soil and pricey dirt and bark mulch) from Mazzone’s, a local hardware store.
After a few years of doing lots of color, we went with only white petunias for the bigger plot (and not tons of them … less like Skittles).
People sometimes plant things too shallow, which can make your dirt spit your plants out. I guess this works in a few ways, (i) drying dirt naturally contracts; (ii) gravity (not sure if this one makes any sense); and (iii) as your little-guy plants start shooting off roots, they have to go through a stressful application/interview process with the new soil and until they’re accepted, as this is going on, they push the flower out (they’re like legs trying to run away).
Dig deeper holes.
And to make your little-guy plants all excited about fitting in on their first day, spread the pricey dirt on the sides as well as the bottom of the hole. When the roots start shooting out, the ones going sideways will stablize the little guys (not push them up).
We finished it off with the bark mulch. We also put some marigolds — love that smell — in silver buckets, which Brandon considers somehow masculine (we first banged holes in the buckets with a screw so nothing drowns).
We’ll be sure to let you know how it all turns out!