Wednesday, May 04, 2016
I was planning on mowing today; after all that rain the last few weeks it really, really needs a good mow. Plus my worms need some food and there are only so much kitchen scraps. Well, the thunderstorm last night nixed the mowing.
I made yesterday a new planter bed and put the cucumber seedlings from the kitchen window sill in. This place gets more afternoon sun and I want to see the difference between this and the other location that gets mostly morning sun. I have the same deal going with the tomato plants, some are in the sun, full sun and some are in partial sun more shade.
All the zucchini have big blossoms and been doing that for a week now, yesterday I discovered the first blossom on the spaghetti squash and the vines are getting nice and thick with lots of leaves. I have to sit back a bit now and let nature do its thing. Everything is in place and now its nurturing the plants and giving it space and time to grow.
So I turned to my other pet project yesterday late afternoon; just to get an idea of what I am in for.
I have a neglected rose garden. Frankly, I have no idea why the roses are still blooming. This place is so overgrown and tangled in weeds I can't even get to the roses to deadhead them. So I tackled that yesterday and got about a foot and half by two feet cleared to the ground. I quickly realized this is going to be a slow going back breaking endeavor. Once I clear the topsoil and untangle the roots I need to sift the dirt to get all the roots and weeds out. this is so I am able to use the dirt rather than getting all new topsoil here. I also realized that the fabric we used as ground cover all those years ago (designed to keep weeds out) is woven through with roots so thick I can cut them with a spade. So lesson here, if you use landscape fabric, don't trust it to do its job forever! My new plan is going to be with all natural and recycled materials as I don't use anything that can harm my pets and the environment. Totally organic here, even in the rose beds and everything will return to the earth... biodegradable. So the rose garden is going to be an ongoing and rather time taking project over the next month or so. There are two sides to that garden, as it goes around the corner of my property and creeps along the south and west side of the big 2 car garage and workshop. It's a bit out of sight out of mind kind of stepchild here. But I got to tackle that and now that the vegetables need to do their own thing I got the time to do it.