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Gardens, Already


I had the garden annex plowed day before yesterday.  The man with the tractor was in the next yard, so I asked him to come over.  He'll be back in a month or so to till it all with a big tiller.  It will be a funny thing to work in a real plowed garden.  Last year, the valiant efforts at rototilling mainly scratched at the soil, so that we were fighting weeds the whole Summer.  The soil was looser than usual, but still hard to work.  I've got plans for a fair amount of potatoes, a few rows of corn, more cucumbers, and a good fence.  It may be that I'll plant pumpkins over there again, in a different spot.  I'm really excited at the prospect of another gardening season.

The daffodils are blooming, along with the crocuses.  Earlier in the week, we passed a yard that was absolutely full of them.  I'm not sure how the people managed to get quite so many, unless they spread readily.  Willows are leafing out here and some trees are in bloom, though not the fruit trees.  While it will be quite warm today, twenty degrees above average, there's cold and snow in the forecast for tomorrow night.  I'm hoping that will be the warning the trees need to hold back a bit longer.  I'm prepared with lots of sheets, if the blueberries get ahead of schedule.

We're spending lots of time outside, of course, working over at the Roland Estate on much-needed pruning.  We've also been preparing our own garden soil for planting, fluffing peat while the sun shines.  It has been so helpful to the children, just what we all need right now.  My mind is a mess these days--what a strange time to live on this Earth.  I suppose people have been saying that since the beginning of time, though. 

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( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )
Feb. 25th, 2017 02:33 am (UTC)

Oh, beautiful crocuses! We should start seeing those next month. Our first sign of spring: the Scots Broom starts to get green again. It's one of the few plants that turn brown during the winter. By June it will be covered in bright yellow flowers.

Feb. 25th, 2017 09:15 pm (UTC)
We usually see them in March, but we are way ahead now. A local orchard expressed concern about their fruit trees. The broom sounds pretty. :-)
Feb. 25th, 2017 07:42 pm (UTC)
We are working at our garden, too, and I am really doing my best to resist the urge to plant super early. We also have daffodils and crocus going here in the Ozarks. It seems everything burst forth within a few short days. You must tell me more about your blueberries. Jack wants us to plant some here. - Stacey
Feb. 25th, 2017 09:14 pm (UTC)
I saw that the soil temperature was 59 yesterday, not far from here. But, today is windy and cold again, as it should be. I think the weather's going to moderate for the next little while. The blueberries we simply ordered from Stark Brothers, a trio, as they recommend. They take a long time to produce and they have to be covered in netting to keep the birds from taking the green(!) berries.
( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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