I don't understand it entirely, but I'm a hurtin' piece of business this evening. Every muscle seems to be aching. I turned a lot more of my flower bed, but I've been doing that for a couple of days now. I have to admit I haven't been sleeping well, but that happens frequently, unfortunately. Gonna try to hit he sack early this evening after a long, hot bath and a drink of milk. I'll snuggle in with a good book. Hopefully, that will resolve my achiness.
After digging in that clay for a couple of days, it amazes me that earthworms can manage to make their way through the stuff. But, sure enough, there were lots. I managed to finish enlarging that flower bed, then amended the soil with compost. Would have liked to add some sand, but didn't have a convenient source and wanted to get the bed finished. Planted a white astilbe and a few assorted fresias (haven't had any luck with them in the past, but hope springs eternal), then overseeded with snapdragons and candy tuft. I'll be seaching eagerly for any sign of new life every time I pass that bed. I think it'll be pretty if it comes to fruition.
I forgot to mention that I took a dozen or so tomato plants that had gotten very large out of my mini greenhouse on Monday. I guess they didn't like exiting their nice, warm, humid home, because they looked like they were ready to collapse. Poor babies! They have since recovered and are looking happy and sturdy once again. I won't be able to plant them in their permanent home for almost a month. Even then, there's a full moon scheduled about the 6th of June and I may have to cover them in case of frost.
Well, I have some research to do regarding a planning issue within our township, then I'm going to have that bubble bath.
Apr 29, 2009 | 7:14 PM PST
, dividing perennials
Divided a couple more hostas today and took them down to my new bed at the farm. When I was transplanting, I decided to turn a bit more soil and do some weeding. I guess I overdid it a bit. I'm tired and a little achy just now. Stopped in at our local Farm Co-op and bought 40 lbs of seed potatoes, Spanish onion sets, Dutch onion sets, red onion sets and multipliers. It's a little early to plant the potatoes, but if I don't buy them early, I don't get as much choice. I bought Yukon golds, Chieftains, California whites and a new variety of fingerlings.
Apr 27, 2009 | 6:43 PM PST
I spent most of the day edging up and expanding part of my flower bed at home. Actually, I spent a considerable portion of it cursing clay soil. Yuck! That stuff is hard to turn and harder still to divest of weeds. I planted three yellow primulas (primroses) and hope they survive Saturday night when the forecast is for -4 degrees Celsius (25 degrees Fahrenheit). I guess I'll cover them and hope for the best.
Apr 26, 2009 | 3:52 PM PST
I managed to weed and edge another flower bed yesterday before I had to go to a drug store about fifteen miles away for a make-over by my granddaughter. Both gardening and the make-over were fun, but just as I was about to return, a really bad storm blew up. Having lost my home to a tornado in 1985, I was absolutely terrified as I struggled to keep my van on the highway. Visibility was reduced to a couple of car lengths and debris was blowing all around me. I made my way home safely and was really happy to find it undamaged. Needless to say, the weather hasn't been fit for gardening today. Perhaps that's just as well. My house needed some attention and I baked some date squares for my sweet-toothed hubby.
Yahoo!! A nice, warm, sunny day, if more than a little windy! Spent most of my day playing in the dirt. Dug some plants out of my beds at home to move into my new lasagna bed at out farm. Split a couple of hostas, dug out a big hunk of silver mound (that I broke into four pieces), uprooted some lungwort, and took out a large area of wild violets. Fell as I was lugging a pail full of compost tea. Now I have a shoulder that's a bit tender.
A friend came by to chat while I was chomping at the bit to get to the farm.
Loaded everything into my van and was about to head to the farm when a customer called about buying some hay. Made arrangements to meet his son at the farm. Began transplanting the hostas when I noticed some young people at the barn. Went to tie up one of our hounds who's allowed to run free in the barn. Arrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhhh! They had already opened the big door and Gennie had gotten free. Fortunately, the young lad who had come for the hay chased her in his truck and was successful in catching her, but got stuck in our hay field. Grrrrrrr! Had to pull him out with the tractor and made a big mess of the bottom end of the field. We got Gennie penned up and the kids loaded the hay and were on their way, undoubtedly comparing notes on the bitchy old lady they had to deal with.
Finished weeding a large area of my new flower bed and transplanting the remaining plants. Tidied up some debris that had blown around and headed back home where I weeded and edged one of my beds. What a difference to see it looking crisp and tidy again. I have a feeling I'm going to be more than a little stiff in the morning, though.
Another rainy day. I really want to get at my flower beds. I noticed this morning that my pulmonaria (lungwort) is in bloom already, despite the fact that it's just barely beginning to develop leaves. The weather forecast says we'll have very warm sunny days Thursday through Sunday, so I won't have to cool my jets too much longer.
In the meantime, perhaps another member can advise me about the system for uploading photos. I tried to add a photo of my mini greenhouse to a previous entry yesterday without success. I finally added it to my album, but I'd have liked to append it to the appropriate entry.
There hasn't been much to report regarding my garden and/or seedlings since my last post. I've been busy fighting with our municipal council over a planning matter - allowing an explosives manufacturer to set up a storage facility on the edge of a protected wetland. I've also been preparing for my mother's 90th birthday. Her party went well, but I expect she's a tired lady today.
I finally got around to uploading a photo of my mini greenhouse. Check my "Farm" album.
I had hoped to weed and edge my flower beds this week, but the weather doesn't look promising.
Another lovely day! I put a spent pot of daffodils I had purchased earlier into my garden and potted up the last of my tomato seedlings - 40 in all of 2 varieties - Golden Goddess and Brandywine. I only want 6 of each, so after I distribute some to my family and friends, I'll donate the remainder to our local Horticultural Society for it's plant sale. I had forgotten what the soil is like here at home - pure clay! Some of it is getting better following heavy applications of sharp sand, but I've got a long way to go. It seems to support growth well, but it's difficult to weed.
The second of my okra plants gave up the ghost, so I'm giving up on okra.
We had a snow storm on Monday that kept the buses (and me) off the roads. It buried my poor spring plants but that was a bonus because the temperatures plunged. It's lovely today and the snow's melting gradually.
I should be getting my house ready for our Easter celebration, but I need to pot up some more seedlings. I've got 24 tomatoes into transfer pots and about a dozen more ready. I also potted some caladiums so I'll have a pretty display for my shade garden when the time's right.
It's been cool and damp, but my crocuses are in bloom and my snowdrops keep putting on a lovely show. The pulmonaria is starting to green up and I need to start yanking some of the sweet woodruff. I haven't seen any sign of daffodils in my front bed yet. There used to be a lot there. Can't decide if they are late or if they've died off.
I managed to get some of the sand off my lawn and do a bit of weeding, but won't be able to get back at it for a few days because there is more rain and cool weather in the forecast.
I bought an Easter lily today. That reminded me of the ones I've planted in the past after the blooms have faded. I think one of them is poking through the soil, but it may be a hyacinth.
My seedlings are developing secondary leaves and getting tall and spindly. I'll likely pot some of them up soon.