Wednesday, April 27, 2011

It's Not Only Me That Wants to Get Outside

Today was a beautiful, sunny day, but quite cold. The temperature was 37 degrees F. when I ventured outside into the bckyard this morning. Our long Winter was hard on some of the plants in our yard. I removed two large Lavender plants that had died. Now there is room for something new. Yes, a trip to the plant store is needed.

What I really want to tell you is about the pink Geranium in my basement. It was pretty last Summer and Fall , so I decided to try to keep it alive and have it again this Summer. It has survived and is pushing its way toward the sunshine. I,m thinking that it wants to get out into the backyard too.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


I decided to try composting. For several years I would pile clippings and yard waste in a pile behind a pine tree in the back yard. I would remember to turn it once in while but never did create the "black gold" you read about in the books and magazines. So, this year I bought a black plastic composting bin. Put it down in the backyard in a spot that gets lots of sun. But the weather has been too cold and wet for much gardening so the only things in it are some egg shells, potato peelings and orange peelings. So as soon as the weather changes there will be lots of clippings and leaves to go into it also. Then I will be on my way to creating the "black gold".

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring Cleanup Begins

We had a few days with some sunshine and warmth and we started cleaning up the yard. It was a decade and a half ago that we planted and nurtured the new plants in our yard. We were starting with land that had not been planted or worked before. It sits at the base of a mountain range and our new subdivision was just begining to make its mark. So the process of putting in a yard with lawn and trees and plants was quite a work out. Rocks were a big concern. There were many in places that could be better used for lawn and gardens. So, we dug and moved them to what we though were better spots. Digging a whole for a tree or shrub could take a long time.  Once in a while a crowbar would be brought out to help nudge a particularly large rock from a spot picked for a tree.

Once it was all planted we tended everything carefully, watering, feeding and loving each new plant. But then some grew and grew and grew. They got too big for our backyard and needed to be taken out to make room for something new and something smaller. The result; a pile of leaves and branches and roots, that grew quite large and sits on the edge of the street in front of our house and waits for the city crew to come and take it away.
This vegetation will be processed and turned into lovely black compost that can be purchased and returned to the yard as topdressing.