It is another gorgeous day. It is a balmy 74 degrees with a slight breeze now and again. Tomorrow’s forecast 63 for a high, 20% chance of precipitation, and wind gusts up to 35 mph. It goes down hill for Tuesday Night: Rain before midnight, then snow. Areas of blowing snow after midnight. Low around 31. Blustery, with a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
So I took advantage of today’s weather by cleaning up another small patch of the yard. I am working my way slowly down the front of the house. I don’t want to over do it after being sedentary all winter. Sully wanted to spend some time smelling catnip again. 🙂
The before shot of today’s patch.
I raked it all into a pile then sorted out the sticks and twigs.
I took the sticks and dropped them off by the burn barrel.
I took the leaves and added them to the pile in this area of the garden.
The after shot.
Sully was done sniffing catnip and was ready to go in. 🙂
As you can see in the photos below the indoor garden is doing well.
The spinach is doing well. THEN
The radishes have gone crazy. THEN
The tomatoes are growing. The large one has two flowers now. THEN
I got highly motivated this morning after doing a bit of Facebook reading and games. I wanted to hang out some laundry but the grass was a bit tall in my clothes line area. We have been getting good rain and a few warm days and it just went crazy. So I put on my boots and headed to the great outdoors. David said that next time we mowed we should move the wheels to cut it good and short because it has been growing so fast. So that is what I did. I primed the engine, gave the cord a couple of pulls (I never get it started on the first pull such a weakling), and off I went. It went alright except when I tried to plow the mole mounds or the wheels sunk a bit cause the ground is soft from all the rain. That completed I then hung up my clothes. The next task was to rake up the grass clippings and move them to the new spot for the compost pile.
The close I hung after mowing.
My mower,rake and wheelbarrow.
All raked up and put away.
David has been keeping busy by preparing the soil and making hills and rows for planting. He had these ones ready the other day. So I planted some of the squashes. He is out again this afternoon continuing his soil preparations and row and hill building. You may think it is strange that he is putting the squash hills in a hole. This is done so we can flood water the hill and the water won’t just run off the hill onto level ground. It will stay in the hole where it will continue to keep the hill moist. We will be watering them using water buckets. This will help conserve water plus we won’t have to drag a garden hose back and forth. It will be good exercise and build up my muscles so maybe I will be able to start the mower in one pull.
Short hill row with yellow summer squash. THEN
An area of turned soil THEN. and a longer row of yellow summer squash.THEN
The first acorn squash hole hill.
I will step out now to check his progress. I am back with photos of David in action and his progress.
He has scraped out the weeds and other debris. He has made three more hole hills. Acorn Squash Hill Holes THEN.
Shoveling old compost to make the hills in the holes.
And now the flowers!
A close up of the first yellow iris of the spring.
A few weeks later and a few more irises. THEN
This is a little shorty up against the skirting.
David found this little Johnny Jump-up hiding at the corner of the house. THEN
The strawberries have been loving this cool wet weather. These are June Barers so we should be seeing strawberries soon.