From noon-ish on Saturday through Sunday morning it rained, steadily, without a break. According to my rain gauge, we got 3.2" of rain in less than a day. Results? (1) I think that our drought is officially over. (2) Lots of ponds in our yard. Including a large pool of standing water in a spot where I don’t remember ever seeing one before – along our back fence line, in the area where I planted 2 dogwoods and a redbud about a month ago. I hope that those trees can survive a few days of standing water! The dogwoods are just starting to leaf out, and are looking so healthy…
In other weather news, temperatures are supposed to get down into the 30’s tomorrow night – hopefully not below freezing, because a whole bunch of tender plants (bananas, elephant ears, canna lilies, etc) have broken dormancy in the last week.
I was hoping to expand the asparagus bed and get the crowns planted this weekend, but the grass in that area was too soggy for digging and planting. Compacting the soil is not a step in the right direction. So instead of that I warmed up by weeding the front yard flower beds, and then tackled our largest clump of pampas grass. DH and I burned it a few weekends ago, and it had already started re-growing. I’m planning to relocate the pomegranate bed to that spot, since the bed’s original location doesn’t drain well, so the pampas grass had to go.
I bought an inexpensive machete from Amazon with the pampas grass in mind, and employed that as well as my hand saw and a shovel. I hacked and tugged and leaned and twisted and sawed and pried… and in the end, I prevailed! That pampas grass clump is no more. :)
I bagged up the pieces and wheelbarrowed them to the road to be picked up by the landscape waste truck later this week. And I turned the soil one shovel-blade deep, but I’ll have to do that again after the soil dries out a bit in order to remove more roots. I’m hoping not to encounter pampas grass shoots there in the future!
In other news, DH made one of my favorite dinners tonight: lentils and garden-fresh kale simmered in a red wine sauce with lots of onions, and served with spicy Italian chicken sausage. Yum!
And the first two Hosta sprouts appeared today!
Photo #1: After battling the pampas grass into submission
Photo #2: A photo of that same pampas grass clump earlier this winter (blocking the view of the one behind it), after DH and I trimmed it, but before we burned it
Photo #3: Tonight’s dinner, featuring Toscano kale from the garden
Hosta 'New American Hybrids Mix' Sprouting
Kale 'Toscano' Harvesting
Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group)
Pampas Grass Pruning
I dug up and removed the largest clump today