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Welcome to A Writer’s Garden where writers who are gardeners or just love gardens will be sharing their garden and flower stories, as well as a bit about their writing. Today’s writer/gardener guest is Tina Susedik who will be sharing about her upcoming garden projects for 2021. Welcome, Tina!

Hello everyone and welcome Spring!!! Except for the brown grass and leafless trees, I love this time of the year. Anticipating what is going to come up from last year is always exciting. Each day I walk around my gardens to see what is greeting me. It is still early in Northwestern Wisconsin, so there are a lot of leaves to be cleaned up. Amazingly, it was 83 degrees on Monday, which was a record. The warm weather is making the buds on the trees big and plump ready to open into leaves.

Last year we’d had our front porch and driveway redone.

That meant digging up bulbs and moving bushes – some more than once. My tulips, daffodils, and crocuses are already up, but I’m not sure the bushes survived. My tulips are so clumped together and certainly should have been separated last fall. I couldn’t figure out why I didn’t do that then remembered I’d had knee replacement surgery on September 23rd, which meant I couldn’t get my gardens ready for winter. We’ll see if the tulips don’t mind and still bloom. I gave away the long fence from the front porch, but kept the brace bars, spray-painted them and repurposed them as trellises.

Last year I created a new garden in our front lawn. It was an area where grass didn’t grow – until I dug it up and then spent the summer pulling grass from it. The other day I was going for a walk and saw someone had done the same thing in their yard but had put in a small pond. It looked cute. I recalled we had one of those plastic pond things. I also have a solar-powered water fountain. So, my project this spring will be to put in the pond. I have to wait to see what perennials come up first and move them.

Alongside our garage the previous owners had put in a flower bed. I’ve been using it for tomato and pepper plants. The bed is low to the ground, so I’ve asked my husband to make the wall higher, so I don’t have to kneel to weed. (These new knees don’t like kneeling.) For some reason, and I swear it’s because of the cow manure I put in the soil each year, my tomato plants grow to gargantuan heights. The tomato cages are way too small, so I surround them with trellises and hubby ties them to the rain downspout. This year I plan to transplant the flowers that are still in the ground and put in lettuce, sugar peas, and other vegetables.

What are your plans for your gardens this year?

About the Writer/Gardener:

Tina Susedik has loved flowers and gardening for as long as she can remember. Wherever she has lived, and it’s been many, many places, she has tried to make her surroundings filled with flowers. She is a multi-published, award-winning author in both fiction and non-fiction, covering children, military, history, and romantic mysteries.

Connect with Tina on her Website: Blog: Facebook: Goodreads

Check out Tina’s book The Proprietress

Can two damaged hearts rise from the ashes?

 For Leona Winson, life in the lawless town of Deadwood requires a woman to have an iron-clad spine. After a failed engagement, running King’s Restaurant and Hotel has been the fresh start she needed, but she has gained a reputation around town for being no-nonsense, and opinionated. When the fire that consumed the town forces her to oversee the rebuilding of the establishment that she had put her heart and soul into, she discovers that there may be room for a second chance at love to rise from the ashes.

 Asa Johnson had resigned himself to living the bachelor’s life after the death of his wife.  Content to work on King Winson’s ranch and keep an eye on his son Josiah, Asa wasn’t looking for love when he was tasked with rebuilding the only hotel and restaurant in Deadwood, and he never expected to find it in the sharp-tongued proprietress, and sister of his boss.

 When the two are thrown together under extreme circumstances, their relationship blossoms, but will a mysterious traveler who arrived in town after the fire derail their love story before it can even begin?

Want to read more? You can find The Proprietress at Amazon