It's Tuesday again :0)
...and it's damp and chilly outside. One of those slow moving days here after several warm and very active days. I guess it's Mother Nature's way of making me take a break and rest up.
Or at least making me stay inside and take care of some neglected home chores :)
Last Friday we had a beautiful sunset
I took this picture through the door on my deck over looking the wooded area in back.
We have Spring Flowers blooming now :) This bed always blooms first and it's one I haven't gotten cleaned up yet. You'd think I would remember that it blooms first and clean it up earlier .
I've started placing the straw bales where I want them and trying to restrain myself from starting the whole conditioning process right now. I need to wait a couple of weeks :(
So I have don a rough sketch in my garden journal of what gets planted where.
...of course it will probably all change 2 or 3 times before the planting actually begins.
I still have several more bales of straw to pick up yet. Some for planting and more for weed control in the pathways.This year I'm putting down a layer of black mulch on the flowerbeds. The natural mulch we put out last year just made the rocks disappear or blend in unnoticed. We spent a lot of time and money getting those rocks and placing them so we wanted to be able to see them . I'm thinking this will look great when I'm done.
The perennials I started last last summer are starting to come up in their little pots and will soon be ready to transplant into the flowerbeds.
I'll be doing a whole lot more of these this year if I don't hurt myself again.
Last year I canned a ton of applesauce and pie filling. For one batch of the pie filling I used a new to me cornstarch that was supposed to make canning pie filling so much easier and better. I did 7 jars and I ended up dumping all 7 jars into the compost pile last week. They all separated and had huge air bubbles through out the jars. They didn't discolor and smelled fine when I opened them ... but I don't take any chances with home canned foods. The honey bees certainly appreciated them though. :) So this year I will stick to the old tried and true corn starch. So glad I only did 6 jars.
We have a dead tree at our treeline into the wooded area in back..
We won't be cutting down the main trunk... only the limbs...which have already started to fall. I will be filling the cavities with potting soil and planting flowers in them :)
The wood peckers love the tree for it's insects and I rather think it has some character life left in it yet.
This bed needs a complete rework. The winter of 2012/13 was very hard on the perennials in it...what didn't freeze out was eaten by the super hungry deer in the neighborhood. It was a hard year for the wildlife and I don't begrudge them a meal... I just wish I had thought to feed them before the were forced to eat my flowerbeds. I did better this year :)
So much work to still be done here to be truly ready for the garden season.
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