It was 62° at 4:30 AM.
I put a pork roast in the crock pot.
I worked outside most of the morning.
Still trying to get the dead nettle under control!
I fed the three blueberry bushes soil sulfur.
I fed the two heirloom roses ironrite.
I scratched both into the soil and then pulled the mulch back around.
While at the garden fence, I dug more DN(dead nettle), pulled the leaves off the clumps of iris and moved back to the Milk Parlor area and used the trusty string trimmer to cut a swath through the DN. I finally cut the clematis paniculata, aka Sweet Autumn Clematis, back to about 36 inches. It has already leafed out some and I hate cutting growing things but it must be done.
I uncovered the Niobe clematis and the Westerplatte that were almost buried under the DN. I still have the front of the bed (iris mostly) to do. I am not looking forward to pulling the weeds there.
Cleaned (string trimmer again) around the parlor and feed room.
Pruned (again) that blasted euonymous that grows next to the brick chimney. It had already climbed up the the decorative trim and sticks to the bricks like ivy does.
We filled the garden cart. I want this bush gone!
I also cut back the Westerland rose.
I still have the driveway border and the garage wall bed to do. I am leaving the worst for last!
We are expecting a cooler and rainier week so I am glad I got done what I did.
I finished cleaning off the back porch and touched up the white woodwork. I will leave the runner rugs off now. It looks much better without them. We carried most of the winter farm gear out to the garage. It made a great improvement on how the porch looks. I need a giant back porch...and it would be full too.
We saw our first Blue Bird this week. No activity around the BB houses yet.
7 Eggs today.
Hours gardening: 4 (guess)
These are the under-light plants that I am hardening off. Note my state of the art lath house. I blocks just enough sun.
This sassafras tree by the bird bath was a gift to me from the birds. These trees are very hard to dig up and transplant and wasn't it nice they planted it next to the River Birch we lost to the ice storm! I have always wanted one in the yard. It has really begun to grow nicely. See my new planting of hen and chicks in the jar on the cistern planter?