Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Another Beautiful

Spring Day in the garden.  Amazing what a little warm weather and sunshine will encourage one to accomplish.  I got out there and mulched the leaves in the flower beds with the mower. I have always wanted to try that but I usually wait until things are too high to pass over them with the mower. I will see how this works. It seems to be ok now.  I did nip a few things so we will see.

I also got some sweet pea seeds planted. I didn't plant them in place but I am trying the toilet roll potting up technique. I got the empty toilet rolls corralled in a box. I took them to the compost pile. I got a piece of wire fence and sifted some compost into the rolls.
Then I placed the seeds I had soaked overnight into the individual rolls and sifted more compost over the seeds.  One big lesson I learned is that I need a compost sifter.  It is a pain to sift compost this way. The seeds are happily ensconsed in their growing medium and all I can do is wait now.  They got a good drink of rain last night.
My Dearly Beloved got out and did a job that wasn't at all easy. He busted out a concrete pad that the former air conditioner sat on for years. It was buried under about 4 inches of soil. After he got that little project accomplished I dug out all the ferns and weeds that grew here.  I amended the soil with two wheelbarrow loads of compost.
I have had this start of a Fragrant Viburnum for some time. I had separated it from its parent plant last summer but didn't see a place to plant it until now.  I decided to plant it here so it will grow up and hide the hideous siding on the house plus it will afford us some more privacy from the road while we sit on the patio.   I need to get a load of mulch, one of many needed around here.
As you can see I set a two-rock stack in the corner of the bed.  I will move my minature hostas into this bed so I can see them more frequently.  This soil wasn't too bad here because I have over the years tossed my veggie scraps out the kitchen door.  They composted well here. I know most people actually bury their scraps but I only buried them with mulch.  Hey, it worked.  I hope all of your spring experiments will work out too.  What all have you been doing in your garden?

32 comments:

GardenJoy4Me said...

Lisa girl that is amazing : ) Husband did the grunt job very well .. and now you have this tiny piece of Eden to work your magic on : ) .. it is going to look beautiful and the pleasure you get back is soul quenching isn't it ?
I hope to get out and do more clean up before one of the landscaping guys drops by tomorrow .. I want to make sure he knows I am a SERIOUS gardener ? LOL
PS .. You did GOOD girl !!

Rose said...

Lisa, it's good to see you back posting again, and no wonder--how much you must have enjoyed being able to get out and actually work in the garden! I haven't done a thing, and we're going to be gone all next week, so I'm hoping I can find at least a few minutes to get a few things done in between the rains. Thanks for the tips on trimming the hellebores; I hope to get that done at least before we leave. You must have had some sore muscles after accomplishing all of this!

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

Can't believe you are actually outside working — lucky you! We have finally broken out of the cold temps and have been in the high 30s and low 40s and now it is raining. For the first time since Dec. I can see my stepping stones emerging from the snow — as well as all the storm-broken branches. But it will be quite a while before we can do any actual work.

Laurrie said...

I like the toilet paper roll seed planters... looks like a simple enough idea. This is the best time of the year I think.. you're outside digging and getting in the earth, but everything is still a plan, a possibility, and it's all going to be perfect!

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

You were both extremely busy. I am so impressed. I planted my sweet peas directly in the soil. They are a short variety. I hope they work. I'm not good with sweet peas. It usually gets too hot here.~~Dee

Cicero Sings said...

Toilet rolls ... now there's an idea. I've been giving them to Mingus to tear up but I see they have a higher purpose.

We can't start seedlings here yet.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Hi Lisa, I'm longing to spend some time outside. If it wasn't raining I think I would just sit outside in the melting snow and move plants around in my mind:)
Marnie

Dawn said...

All that digging is going to turn into a gorgeous bunch of green. Well done! I cannot wait to see how your Fragrant Viburnum turns out. That's one of my favorite plants. Well done! :-)

verobirdie said...

You have been quite busy!
I'm on leave for one week, and planned to clean the garden. On Satturday, I pruned the roses and some bushes, the weather was rather mild and quite sunny. Sunday was rainy, even snowy. And since then, the soild is frozen... sigh...
Anyway, this year will be lazy re. gardening since I'll be away when I would be supposed to sew and plant...
After this bad winter, this will be the occasion to see what survives in the garden, and focus on those plants only :-)

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Ugh... I sympathize with your Dearly Beloved. I've been busting up concrete in my backyard for... well, a while now. Hard labor, that!

Can't wait to see how your newly planted babies work out. :)

Gail said...

Sunshine and a little warmth sure revive us! I love the miniature hostas I've seen at the garden center~so cute. They wull be happy at the feet of the viburnum~You'll get to see them and smell the fragrant flowers...Yummy.

Busting concrete is hard work~I am impressed that your DB was able to do that. Mr I would never volunteer! Lucky you!

Have fun in the garden; I do hope that the warm weather hangs around for awhile.

gail

beckie said...

Lisa, it's amazing what a little warm weather can do for our spirits. I can tell it ceratinly lifted yours. :) You have accomplished much in a short while and I think your new planting will work out great. I also will be watching to see how your 'roll' planting does.

Kerri said...

What have I been doing in my garden? Oh funny Lisa :) Well, at least a little of it is visible now where the snowdrops are blooming. The rest is still well covered with snow, but we've seen some melting these past 4 beautiful days.
I'm happy for you anyway being able to get your hands dirty, and will look forward to getting out there soon.
Yes, this taste of spring feels delicious! :)
We've had large flocks of redwings the past 2 days, plus grackles and cowbirds. And the purple finches have finally started showing up! Oh, and Hubby saw 3 robins in the yard this morning but I missed them.

Diana said...

Lisa - You were really productive! Love the look of those seed in their compost filled rolls! I'll be they all come up with all that TLC you gave them. And your DH did an amazing job. Bustin concrete is no easy job. Come on, spring!

Jean said...

What a neat little trick with the toilet paper rolls! I would love a compost sifter myself and have hinted numerous times to my hubby that he could build me one. :-) I've been saving my t.p. rolls to use as cutworm collars. Glad you're getting some much needed warmth.

Darla said...

Warmer weather does make for a good motivator in the garden. I've been planting seeds, moving roses, counting crocus, daffs and snowflakes.....laid over 500 brick....just stuff.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Wow, you guys got a lot done. I'm curious to see how your toilet paper tubes work out. I might have to try that. I can vouch for the usefulness of a riddle, you should make one if you can't find one.
It felt so good to be out working in the garden yesterday. I'm doing spring garden cleanup the old fashioned way - with the pruners.

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
You were able to get so much done in one day! It is always delightful to get out into the dirt. We have most of flower beds cleaned up but still have mulching to finish. We mulch with our composit!
We had a nice rain last night. Hope to do some seed sowing this weekend or the first of next week. Potaotes and flax go in on St. Pat's.
Happy Spring planting!
Sherry

walk2write said...

Isn't it great to get your hands dirty? I love the smell of freshly turned soil when it starts to warm up. Finally after six years here, I have more than just sand in my most of my flower beds and veggie garden. It looks like you're going to have a great new bed in that spot. This year I decided to try seed tape. Now, I know it sounds lazy, and it probably is, but it's a back saver in the planting and also for not having to thin the seedlings later on.

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Don't you just love sowing sweet peas? Before you know it they will pop up their fresh green heads and within a very short time they will flower their socks off for you.

Your hubby did an excellent job, it can't have been easy.

Have a lovely weekend!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Looks like I am going to be doing some of this planting today in my small raised bed ovegetable garden.

I can't believe how green everything was under all that snow!

Eileen

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Love the expression "corral" with the paper roll pots--very apt. Looking forward to how that all works out. And it's great to have another garden space!

mangocheeks said...

I cant wait for things to starts growing. Don't you just love this time of the year. Helps if its dry, the cold you can just about bare.

Katiejane said...

Golly, I can't believe you're starting seeds outside already. I never trust our weather around here until May.
Your house looks just like the one we used to have. I loved that house, and I see your window box in the photo, too!

Yousei Hime said...

Interesting idea with the toilet paper rolls. I'd never heard of that before. What is the advantage to that? I'm sure we'll be starting seeds inside soon in our solarium. Thanks for sharing this.

SandyCarlson said...

You do an incredible amount of work in your garden.

yoon see said...

Dear Lisa, I hope the sweet peas will grow up fast and steady!

Wow! Your hubby helped you up. It's great that you have a good friend and helper.

I have no time for gardening, I am so happy to read your meaningful sharing. Yeah, Spring...Spring is coming!

CommonWeeder said...

You are so lucky to be able to get outside into the soil. We've got snow and mud. This week we are supposed to get sun and I am hoping that will help change my landscape radically.

fairegarden said...

What a job for dearly beloved, he is quite a hunk o' burning energy! Your sweet peas to be look great, good luck on the method. I tried carrots in the tp rolls one year, not so good. I think the sweet peas would like those conditions much better. Good deal on the free shrub in the spot, that looks like some very good dirt. :-)
Frances

Babara said...

What a good idea with the toilet rolls. I wish you good luck and a lot of success with the tiny plants to come....and no hungry slugs! You've been busy in your garden whilst I've only begun tidying up and cutting back roses and shrubs. But there is still a lot to do. Congratulations to your husband, he indeed did a good job.
Enjoy Spring!

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

Oh Lisa, that soil is to DIE for! And I would imagine something did. LOL.

It's too wet here to do anything major, but we've sure enjoyed the beautiful weather! It must seem like summer down there in "Miami!" :-)

Marvin said...

Wow, Lisa. You all have been getting more garden work done than we've been able to accomplish. Maybe we should consider moving north.