Home of Stella's Gardens

We are now living full time in Northeast Iowa, and working on the new gardens. It will keep us busy for quite a while...

As an avid gardener since I was about 7 years old, that gives me over 45 years of experience gardening in this part of the world. And every year teaches me a bit more.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Well it really is funny, that the house is all done now, we are trying to move in/move out of the old house.  Most of the move is done but the old house is getting spruced up to go on the market, so we are not spending nearly enough time at the new one!

The yard is a muddy mess, as is the driveway, since the last big thing is to (re-)establish final grade around the house, redo the driveway and add the second one, and then get some seed down.  Probably over half an acre that got dug up and rearranged, so that's a lot of seed.  Planning on some short prairie grasses for the majority, where there aren't garden beds, with plantings and just a little regular lawn for gaming outside.  It will be a work in progress for the rest of my life!  A thought that I find both exhilarating and exhausting.

The "blank canvas" of the patio area with big retaining walls: