It’s SPRING!!!

By which I mean, I HAVE A BACKYARD AGAIN!!!

Today was a horrible terrible day for the beginning of it. We woke up tired. Our neighbourhood playgroup was full when we got there. I decided to run some errands, and chaos ensued. I will spare you the details mostly because I am starting to have concerns about my blood pressure; I don’t want to re-live anything through the re-telling!

The afternoon didn’t go much better. My little guy only slept for less than an hour, and I was soooooo grumpy, I basically had no ability to be a normal person around my kids. Which always turns them into wild animals.

But! Around 3 pm, I was still fighting the urge to collapse in a heap, so I got a few toys together in a bag and we headed outside to the little side yard of our apartment building.

There isn’t much back there: just a lawn, a hexagonal picnic table, some poorly tended plants, trees, and fences on all sides. But today it was paradise. Not a patch of snow in sight, and the whole thing was in full warm afternoon sun. Instantly we breathed a collective sigh of relief and got down to the business of playing outside.

My little guy toddled around and amused himself while my daughter created whatever crazy worlds 4-year-olds like to live in. While they played, I went around picking up the pieces of garbage that get swept in from the sidewalk and the adjacent parking lot, my daughter helping me when she felt like it.

While I worked, I couldn’t help coming up with some plans for the space so we can use it better. Never mind that we used the space quite ideally this afternoon. No, we need PROJECTS! At the very least I’d like to try growing a few salad greens, and maybe plant a rhubarb plant. Though I’m sure once I do that we’ll decide to move.

The thing is, once the leaves come in on the trees, the yard is mostly shaded, so I’m not sure what will grow. So if you have any ideas for yummy shade-loving plants that would grow in Ottawa (zone 5), please let me know!

Also, if you have suggestions for frugal gardening, of course I’m all ears.

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