Amazingly enough I’ve got almost all the vegetable beds ready. Only one big one and one small one to go. I should have them all cleaned out and amended in time to start planting my early spring crops next week, as we’re supposed to have a pleasant warm weekend, without rain, coming up.
Trimming trees so that they’ll grow for better crop production is important.
One task that many of us need to be about right now is trimming back some [...]
It’s always delightful to bring a little bit your garden into your home. The hydrangea was just stunning this year. I had to bring some in to enjoy.
I’m fortunate. I have two sisters that love gardening as much as I do. We enjoying seeing and hearing about each others gardens. Each of us lives in a distinctly different climate: Washington state, North Carolina, and Germany. We’ve each enjoyed seeing what we can all grow in common and sometimes envying [...]
Day before yesterday I finally made arrangements to get a load of clean fill dirt so that we can level the area for the greenhouse. He said if it didn’t rain he’d be able to deliver it on Friday. It rained buckets yesterday!
This is how it goes with people who work outdoors. When you make plans for something you need to allow for the fact that Mother Nature may not cooperate. Even during times of the year when you don’t [...]
Not even February 1st and the crocuses are already starting to bloom!
Ack! I was outside yesterday and the first crocuses are already blooming! I’m so far behind. I still have bulbs sitting in the storage room waiting to be put in the ground!
Even the best-laid plans can go haywire when you have to work around weather, work, and other obligations.
It looks like I’m already into the spring madness. Seems every year I get myself into the same pickle. I [...]
OK, here’s the lineup, as it stands today. First, we need to get the temporary storage finished outside, so that we can move some of the boxes cluttering our laundry/pantry room out where they belong and actually be able to use that area for its intended purpose. Second, I need to build the window bench for my office, so that I can make the pillow cushions and get all the bags of foam off the floor in here. Third and [...]
Remodeling/redecorating both inside and out.
I’ve been contemplating what I want to start including in my blog for the new year. I’m thinking of doing a series of videos on my redecorating/remodel of the extra bedroom. That will give me the opportunity to hone my video skills, which I’ve not used for a while, and get some really good information out to people wanting to spruce up a room.
In looking at the schedule for the coming year, here are a [...]
I was reading and interesting article about a book on invasive plants. “Invasive Plants: Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species” by Sylvan Ramsey Kaufman and Wallace Kaufman not only has a listing of invasive plants found in the US, but the history of why they came to the country.
Here in the mid-Atlantic there are several plants that are considered invasive that were mentioned in the article. One of my favorites is the mimosa [...]
Shade patterns change throughout the year. Keep a log for successful planting.
Maybe you’ve got it on you resolution list to finally do something with the yard. You’ve got some ideas, but aren’t sure exactly which plants will work well for each garden.
The first thing you need to do is know the lay of your land. Which way is north, south, east, and west? How does the house line up with these directions? Where are large trees or shrubs located [...]
Is your mattress ready for the junk heap?
I love my bed. As a matter-of-fact if I could take just one thing with me when I move, it would be my bed, really! I bought it 23 years ago and it’s still as comfortable as the day I bought it.
After working out in the yard, I often come in feeling a bit sore and stiff. One night’s sleep on my “magic” bed and I’m fit as a fiddle. When traveling [...]