I have been wanting to get out and do some yardening, but mother nature is not being very cooperative this year. We have had several small spring snow storms and the temperatures have been up and down like a yo-yo. The snow is usually gone in a day. The temperatures go back up to the 50s or 60s in the day and the mid 20s to 30s at night. Then a couple of days later temps are down again and more snow. So needless to say I have not even been able to get my flower beds ready. I could try to do some digging on the nicer in between days but the ground is too wet from melting snow dripping. I need a good week of 60s during the day and maybe some low 40s for overnight temps maybe then the ground won’t be a soggy boggy mess.
Last year at this time.
David said he is not even going to try to garden this year. He doesn’t want to battle the gophers or the deer. The deer left the garden pretty much alone most years, but last year they came in and ate David’s tomatoes. He was really pissed about it too. He said the only type of yard work he will be doing is mowing.
When David told me that, I decided I would try to grow a few veggies as well as my flowers. I think I will plant the veggies in the beds around the shed and the space to the east of the shed where we had a few squash plants last year. I want it all to be in the front yard so it will be easier for me to take care of.
David also told me we will probably not do any fishing until about August. He is planning on spending most of the summer doing his gold refining. This was also another reason for not gardening but mostly I think it was the deer. 🙂
Today I was able to get out and do some digging. I started on the east side of the shed next to the fence. I first raked out the pine litter I had been dumping there all winter. I then dug the area up. I built up three nice hills, pushed a coffee can in the top of each one, and then raked the pine litter back around the bases of each hill. This took me an hour to do. I was a hurting unit by then. I decided that was enough for one day. I don’t want to over do it just work myself up to longer and longer periods of yardening.
I was glad I was able to get out and get that much done. It seems that I will not have another chance for a few days again. The weather men are saying that we are to expect another spring mini blizzard Friday and Saturday. Snow, yes snow totals could get as deep as 10 to 15 inches. The wind could gust 35 to 50 mph. The temps will dip into the lower 20s for lows and 30s for highs by Saturday. I guess I will have to spend one or both of those days starting more seeds inside. I guess I can hope that we have a long summer and a few Indian summers thrown in to get use into December. 😀
David and I each had a productive day. Let’s start with Saturday. I spent the morning cooking a nice chicken dinner in the crock pot and some butternut squash in the oven to have when Kay, Justin, and Marty came over. I did some computer stuff and probably some crocheting.
David spent his morning tackling the backyard.
I am standing at the west end of the backyard so you get the full view.
I am standing next to the tree now. You can see all the leaves that the wind has not blown away from the side of the house.
I am standing at the edge of the grass. This is where David did most of the raking and leaf removal.
This is the strawberry patch and the garden spot farther to the east.
This is the trash can David used to haul leaves. He did 9 full cans.
This is the pile he made by the burn barrel.
Saturday afternoon he had the help of Justin.
So he got on BOB the Rv to caulk and spray the holes in the roof that leaked over the winter.
I spent my Sunday morning digging and raking out the flowerbed around the deck after I got my peppers started in this little heated greenhouse, we received from my brother-in-law. I started them in the Jiffy Peat Pot kit which I then placed in the little greenhouse. The ones with the toothpicks are green bell peppers and the others are small sweet peppers.
The little heated greenhouse. Front View.
A View of the end.
West side of the deck. BEFORE
AFTER the Digging.
AFTER the Raking. Yes, that is Ricky the Concrete Racoon taking a nap while I did the raking.
Poor Ricky has seen better days.
Back on the job. What that job is I haven’t a clue.
The south side. BEFORE
AFTER the digging.
This is the Grass Roots Movement I joined. Boy, is it ever a lot of work!
AFTER the Raking.
The afternoon and early evening was spent eating, relaxing, and visiting with Kay, Justin, and Marty. Marty was in a bit of a grumpy mood. So Kay had him sit with her and read him his story books. He had her read the same one about five times. Then Grandpa had to read it two times. I was lucky, I got to read a different story but still had to read it twice. This helped him get over his grumpy mood. He then brought much laughter and joy to all as he was back to his happy self. 😀
It was a good thing that we got in a couple of productive days.
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. 🙂