Going into this project, I was mindful of the fact that it would take at least several years for any future plantings to mature and for this space to truly come into its own. I think far too many people shy away gardening or from making any changes to their outdoor spaces because they can't bear the thought of having to look at bare soil for months if not years on end. But for me, that's a large part of what makes gardening so fun and rewarding. I don't think gardens are meant to be static things. (Few things in this natural world are.) Ultimately this bed will develop at its own pace, reach a certain level of fullness, and still continue to change from year to year. And I get to enjoy and critique every moment of it.
As is the case with other parts of our property, the soil here was in a terrible state. My first task for this project was to dig a narrow trench around the bed in order to define its shape and borders.
I have hundreds of seedlings that still need to be planted. I also need to re-trench the edges of this bed. (Ultimately we'd like to line it with cobblestone and refresh the gravel in our driveway.) But for now, I can step back at least and see that this bed is slowly coming together. It will definitely be exciting to see how it all takes shape this summer, and in the many summers to come.