Looking ahead to planting tomatoes and basil, my favorite backyard garden products. I am worried about ddog in the tomato raised beds, I find him in there periodically digging, dh and I have talked about a small fence or something to keep him out.
A very large pot on the patio usually holds basil, and likewise, I need to keep him from "grazing" there. Over the winter, he pulled out the dead stems for me and chewed them up. I had a small sage from last year that overwintered - I don't use it much but should this year. The one that overwintered came as a "favor" at a fundraising dinner - small pots of herbs - all kinds for attendees. This year that fundraiser had small pots of violas which I have outside still.
I've decided that instead of planting another veggie or two in raised beds, that I'll put out some zinnia seeds. So easy to grow and they bloom all summer into the fall - if I can keep the ddog out.
I miss the yard at our old house - I loved being able to pick something small that was blooming or interesting to bring inside. In the heat of the summer, used to sometimes put some long hosta leaves in a vase. Perhaps I could put in a hosta or two on the shady side of the house.
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better [wo]man. Ben Franklin