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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Garden Chores


Spring has finally started 
in our neck of the woods.


I've gone from starting seeds inside
to re-potting and moving them to 
the potting shed. 



I set up my Christmas light cord
with a dusk to dawn setting
and put two heat lamps out there in case 
of heavy frost.


It always feels good to get them out of the house,
and it is amamzing how much they grow 
between now and May 15th when I
start planting the garden.


I also started preparing my garden beds.


Last year I planted three tires with cucumbers.
This year I'm planting six :)


I've started working some of the 
earth in some of my beds and went ahead
and planted three packs of 100 onions bulbs each.


These beds that are covered in leaves . . .
I'm going to try the 
"Strout's No Work Garden Method" here.


We have this area behind the potting shed
that is adjacent to a graveled area where we park
our trucks and trailers.
I wanted to build some kind of a boarder
to divide these areas and soften the look.


So I bought some little trees and shrubs
and some trellis's and created this corner.

 
In time they will grow . . .
behind the trellis I planted two red twig
dogwood shrubs that will grow six feet tall
and six feet wide.


Some day it will be lovely . . .
give it a few years :)


While weeding out the garden beds
I came across this . . .
I think it is a baby pine tree.
So, I put it in a pot and I'm going
to nurture it and see what happens.


Walking around the yard I spied a 
few pleasant signs of Spring.
This is Steve's Dad's old wheel barrow.


I found this old log on the wood pile 
last Fall.  
It was rotting in the center
so I dropped in a couple Hen's & Chicks.


On the south side of the house we have 
tulips starting to bloom :)


And my baby Forsythia is blooming:)

Don't you just love Spring!
New life in the garden
gives me a new sense of energy:)

Happy Spring 
&
Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

 

57 comments:

  1. I like your idea of putting hens and chicks in the rotting log.
    I see you use the same potting soil as I do. I've been very happy with that brand.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by . . . this is the first time that i've tried that soil. Usually I go cheater and add manure, but these were on sale this weekend at Home Depot. reg $3.99 and on sale for $2.00, so I decided that this year I could buy the best :) I bought 25 bags, LOL.

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  2. Isn't it good to see all those first signs of Spring? I love to see tulips flowering.
    My little seedlings have recently moved from the kitchen to the greenhouse and seem to be happy. I have twelve tomato seedlings which I'm hoping will give me pounds of tomatoes in the Summer!

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    1. Oh, you should have plenty tomatoes for eating and for canning. This year I am planting three varieties, one is a plum tomato which they say is especially good for canning. We'll see how they do. The cherry tomato that I started this year is an heirloom called "The Bloody Butcher" . . . that's a new one to me, can't wait to see how it turns out. Surprisingly the leaves on the sprouts do not look like any of my other tomato plants.

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  3. I going to have to go read about the no work gardening method. That sounds like my kind of gardening. Looks like everything is springing nicely around there. We're still getting snow here. It's not sticking much but it snow a little every day and it's cold

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    1. Sorry to hear that you are still getting snow. Our weather is much colder than our normal April but at least our snow days are done (or at least I surely hope so). I am trying her method in my main garden and in four boxes . . . I hope it works. No weeds pulling sounds amazing :)

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  4. We are still waiting for spring here in Iowa. It is snowing again right now! I know it will come and I will have tulips, too. =) You ave such a lovely yard!

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    1. Thank you Amy. Here's hoping that your snow will end very soon and Spring will move in with warm breezes and lots of sunshine :)

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  5. It looks like you are getting very close to full on garden fun! We have to wait a bit longer. Bill readied my beds, but it's still too cold to plant.

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    1. It's too cold here too, but onions like the cold weather so they are in the ground. We normally plant outside in the middle of May. That's not so far away :)

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  6. Hi Connie, YES! I love spring. You have been busy. Those red twig dogwoods will be so pretty. I love your hen and chicks and those pretty tulips too. Best wishes with all your seedlings. Have a nice week.

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    1. I enjoy watching seeds go from seed to plant and then when you think about how short summer is and the speed in which they grow and bare fruit it is amazing. The tiny little grassy looking plants that pop up in my house in March are filling my canning jars by the end of August. It's hard to believe that they grow so large and such a short time.

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  7. You have a really good head start on spring duties and plant starts, Connie. I absolutely love those garden gloves- I have two pairs of them and they are my favorites. I like the fact that are durable and protective but let your hands "breathe". Have a great Spring week. xo Diana

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    1. Thanks for visiting Sweetie Pie.

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  8. I always enjoy your gardening posts! You always have great ideas and I love to see the new things you implement. You have been a busy lady...as usual. You make me tired...lol! I can't wait to watch everything grow through your posts and photos. I hope you are doing well. Have a happy week my friend.

    Hugs,
    Vicky

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    1. Hi Vicky, I always enjoy your visits. Thank you for being such a sweet friend.

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  9. You work so hard making things nice! And yes, I LOVE Spring. I miss having Forsythia. I liked to cut a few branches and bring them inside to put in a vase. Hugs!

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    1. I love that too . . . they are so cheery :)

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  10. Hi Connie, My goodness, you sure have accomplished a lot of gardening! I hope it produces well for you! I am frustrated with our weather being up and down. Sometimes the night temps will be in the 20's. A friend sent me a couple cherry tomato seeds she saved and I planted them in the house. I don't have a good window and they keep reaching for the light and I keep moving them around! They are starting their second set of leaves so hope they make it. I started a couple yardlong bean seeds and they are growing but again I don't think they get enough light as the container I put them in is heavy for me to move. If it warms up soon enough I think they will make it! I planted some cold weather crops in the protective cover bed but so far nothing up. Have a wonderful fun gardening year! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, I looked for yard long beans this year, but could not find them and now I have bought other seeds. Maybe next year :) I love trying new things. You will have to let me know how you like them. Here wishing you warmer weather and lots of sunshine :)

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  11. It's looking more and more like spring there! I love your new privacy fence and the little trees. I am just like you...I can't bear to see a little tree die, so I rescue them and pot them up. You've done a lot already. I need to get busy...if this weather will be still! :)

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    1. Our weather has been cold at night and only popping around between 50 and 60 during the day, but it's nice weather for preparing the garden beds. Sometimes when I get to working hard I have even had to take off my sweatshirt. It feels so good to be done with grey skies everyday. We have been seeing the sunshine about two or three times a week and that's lovely after a long winter of grey. Happy gardening!

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  12. Yes, love spring! You've have really got a good start. I've bought some onion and cabbage starts. Hoping to get them in this week. I'm anxious to see your garden grow. :)
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I want to try cabbage this year. Where do you find cabbage starts? We were just talking about wanting to try to make sauerkraut this year.

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  13. You just gave me a brilliant idea! I'm looking for a good place to move some of my herbal weeds to a better growing area. The tires are a great idea. I have a few out in the old goat pen that I could transform into my "weed" garden. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. Tires are a great way to plant. When the rubber is warmed by the sun it keeps the earth warm inside and the way that the tires are curved naturally creates a little dip on the inside that retains moisture. Good way to recycle too :)

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  14. Everything looks lovely Connie, I love the trellis. I use that a lot in the garden too, it makes things so natural and cozy! Whoa onions...that's a lot, but heck we do use onions nearly every day! I'm going to plant some this spring too, first time! I love how you painted your tires...I have 4 that I'm going to use for potatoes this spring! Did you alter them in any way? I was told the inside ring needs to be cut down a bit.

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    1. I have seen them cut open more on top, but cutting tires sounds like hard work . . . the kind that puts blisters on my hands, so I leave them as is. I share my garden with our friends next door so I like planting a bit extra. Also when it comes time to make and can salsa and pickles I will need a lot of onion :)

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    2. Thanks for the reply. I was not interested too much in cutting them either! :) A lot of onion is a good thing :)

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  15. Isn't it wonderful now that Spring is on the way? Love your raised beds and tires and the newly created trellis area:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie, I'm excited to be able to get my hands in the dirt again and start watching my plants grow :)

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  16. Your garden is coming back to life. It's going to look amazing.

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    1. It's nice to get my hands back in the dirt :)

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  17. oh now you went and got me all excited...do you think spring is really on it's way!! everything looks wonderful, unique and beautiful...and i love the little corner that you have created!!

    i must get my tomatoes started, you have motivated me!!

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    1. I been having fun getting everything ready. Except for onions and peas, we don't plant outside until mid May, but it has been nice playing in the potting shed, digging in the dirt and preparing the beds.

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  18. Yes it's so neat to start seeing little bits of growth here and there. Having a rare nice day today! In the 60's and the grass needs mowing! But the rest of the week is colder and rain still Spring is really not here yet. I did go check my raspberries and there are a few green leaves coming out on the bottom stalks.. and my lilac bush that got transplanted last summer is budding out. A few more weeks and then I think I'll be more in the mood for it all! xoxoxo

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    1. It is fun seeing everything budding and responding to the warmer weather :) It's still cold, but oh so much better than a month ago :)

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  19. Dear Connie ... Thank you for your visit to Homespun Cottage. I love your "Happy Spring" posting. Everything is so lovely around your home. Evening Blessings ♥ Teri

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    1. I'm just enjoying the warmer weather. Still cold but nothing think winter.
      Thank you for stopping by to visit, it is always a pleasure:)

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  20. It's looking lovely there - spring is really on the way! I love hens and chicks. I hope to plant some this year.

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    1. Hens and chicks are so fun. Those are from a start my mother gave me over 40 years ago :)

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  21. Your garden is starting to take shape this spring, it is an exciting time of year. I started some seeds but I have done something wrong, that haven't seem to take off very well, my hubby wonders why I keep trying but I guess I am hopeful it may work one of these years. I like the hens and chicks inside the log.

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    1. Never give up . . . this might be your year!

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  22. I loved touring your yard and the beginning of your garden. We aren't at that point yet, but once we start seeing things pop up we wander around the yard most every evening. All you photos made me feel like I was doing that in your yard!

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    1. It is fun to keep an eye out each day to see what pops through the ground . . . Spring, don't you just love it!

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  23. You took us on a wonderful tour, all your hard work will be rewarded with a beautiful garden. I am so looking forward to making a start here.

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    1. It just feels great to be outside again and not be freezing :)

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  24. Like that idea of using old tyres as pots.

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  25. You have done so much prep work - I'm amazed! Unfortunately, it's still way too cold here to do anything outdoors. We had our first 60 degree day today and it was glorious. But we're back to winter-like weather this weekend with even talk of more snow. :-( I love the trellis's you put up in your yard to make a more private space away from the trucks. I've been wanting to put up a trellis just like that in a certain area of our yard. Can you tell me where you got it and how you installed it? If you can email me (melriley62@gmail.com), I'd really appreciate it! Thank you, Connie.

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  26. Oh how lovely to see all the things growing in your garden, Connie! I hope to be clearing out garden beds this Saturday finally!! It will feel so good to be out in the garden once more!

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    1. Hi Debbie, I hope the weather was good and you got to do this. Happy Gardening!

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  27. Lovely seeing all of your photographs.
    Spring is such a wonderful season ... new growth coming and the promise of good weather too!

    All the best Jan

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  28. I'm indoors, eating my lunch after spending a morning in the garden, doing spring clean up and moving some plants. After lunch I'll head out there again, and maybe take some photos. Your garden is looking lovely, and what a lot of work you've done. The trellised area is going to be a wonderful place to relax. But do gardeners ever relax?

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    1. I relax when my neighbor calls me and says, "It's time to take a break" . . . LOL!
      I love getting my hands in the warm earth and feeling the sunshine on my back :)

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