A Garden!

May. 29th, 2017 04:27 pm
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Today, the weather was nice after a week of on and off rain. We took advantage and got outside to work on things. Hubby mowed the lawn. I finished digging a small garden plot and planted some seeds. I know it's late, but it's better than nothing.

Hand tiller on Garden Plot
The cubs helped some. We did all the work the old-fashioned way. I used a spade to cut the sod into chunks and turn it over, then broke up the ground with a the hand tiller pictured above. I know that raised beds are The Thing, but the prime location for a raised bed in our yard is just not ready. We need to trim some trees back, first. So we're putting in a regular bed, the way my mom taught me.

Dirt Ready for Planting
I showed the cubs how to check to see if the dirt is right for planting. You grab a handful of it and squeeze it. If water or mud drips out, it's too wet. If it doesn't hold together at all, it's too dry. This is just right. It forms a ball but is easily broken apart.

Planting Bed, May 2017
And this is the finished bed. Anchoring the top (and that is uphill) is a rhubarb plant we purchased from Lowe's. Next to it, I built up a hill for a squash (if it doesn't fruit in time, we'll just eat the flowers). Next down, a couple little rows of marigolds to break things up. Then, some bush beans. The plain (unamended) soil is where we planted a few dwarf sunflowers. As prairie plants, they don't care if the soil is full of nutrients.

The logs are from fallen limbs around my yard. We haven't been able to burn them all, so I might as well put them to a nice use.

Plants in Pots, May 2017
And here is the container garden, looking pretty healthy. All the transplants seem to be very happy.

Gardening

Apr. 9th, 2007 04:26 pm
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Well, we tackled the back yard today. The brush pile after we cleared out stuff is truly amazing, and the work is not done. I told [livejournal.com profile] anher that it remined me of when I was a teenager and helped my dad go out and tend to the spring cleanup at Grandbear's place. We completely took out half a dozen little ornamental bush/tree items, and clipped off a bunch of suckers and low branches. Everything left will require a ladder to get to.

No planting, today. Just clearing and trimming. The folks who had the place before had planted lots and lots of stuff in the back yard, probably thinking that most of it wouldn't survive. Well, most of it did survive, and grew big and unmanageable, so now my husband and I have to remove it with clippers and bow saw.

We have three rose bushes in the back yard from the previous occupants. I have no idea how to manage rose bushes. They're tall and scraggly and had lots of dead bits that I trimmed off. If anybody has experience with the darn things, we could use some advice.

A lot of wild strawberry has sprung up as the preferred ground cover. I like wild strawberry, so we're planning on leaving it in the places where it has no real competition. I'll probably tear it up in the other areas, though, as it's an aggressive little plant.

We plan on taking out the water feature. Maintaining pumps and fountains is a real pain. Instead, we'll fill in the depression with some bricks to make it steady and put in a nice birdbath. Maybe I'll pot some herbs or something and place them around the base.

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