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I am back again...

20 Apr 2014
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and it certainly has been a while! Yikes! I had no idea how busy my life could get once I was single again and starting to do things to take care of myself. Classes, a very part time job in addition to my full time one, and lots of social activities. Phew!

Last year while going through those difficult life changes, I had no motivation or ambition to do any gardening, much less journal and record them. Now, however, I am raring to go. And I have to do double duty in cleaning out all these gardens, two years worth of work. But I have started and I am really motivated this time around to get everything back into shape. That said, the weather has not cooperated, as I am sure everyone in the USA will agree. What a long winter it has been. Besides that I was in Australia for three weeks in March visiting family. So I am getting what feels like a bit of a late start.

No matter, I have been working with a vengeance.

Last weekend, I managed to get at least half of the veggie garden cleaned and dug. Then I put in Lettuce, Broccoli, Peas, Carrots, Yellow Spanish Onions and Red Onions. Doing all starter plants this year from the nursery, since I wasn’t home to tend to seed starting. I could only do half because the outside pipe had sprung a leak sometime over the winter, and the other half was soaked and saturated! I got my handyman to fix the pipe during the week. Now I will give it a couple of weeks to dry out some and then I will clear the rest. I won’t be able to put the tomatoes and peppers in until late May anyway, so that’s ok. The Strawberries are growing despite the water.

This weekend, I was able to get the front Rhodie garden fully cleaned out and mulched. I had originally put in a border of bricks, but over the years, these sunk into the ground and the grass was starting to overgrow most of them. So I dug them out and left the trench for the mulch around the edges.

Then I fully cleaned out the Corner garden, took out the old plastic edging and reused the bricks to put a border around that. I didn’t have any more mulch to do this one, but it was very wet, since water tends to pool there with the heavy spring rains. That’s why there are only a few perennial planted there. I mostly use it for my Sunflowers and Zinnias once it gets warmer and the bed has a chance to dry out. So I will give it some time to dry before I mulch that one, too.

So, overall, not too bad. Still a lot to go, though. And I am promising myself to keep up with the journaling!


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kelly

kelly

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Canada4a

It’s so good to see you again around these parts again. :)

Posted on 21 Apr 14 (about 5 years ago)
SneIrish

SneIrish

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United States6b

Thanks, Kelly! I am very glad to be back. I always knew I would, so I kept up my membership.

Posted on 21 Apr 14 (about 5 years ago)
kelly

kelly

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Canada4a

I didn’t get much of a chance to garden last year either because I moved provinces, so I’m in the same boat with you just going nuts to get into the garden again.

Posted on 21 Apr 14 (about 5 years ago)

Glad to see you back. It seems like everyone I follow on Folia—including myself—has gone through a major life change in the past year, be it a move, job change, divorce, death, retirement, marriage, etc. Wishing you a happy spring!

Posted on 21 Apr 14 (about 5 years ago)

It was just one of those years, wasn’t it? So glad to see you back!

Posted on 21 Apr 14 (about 5 years ago)
SneIrish

SneIrish

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United States6b

Thanks, flowerweaver and xan. I really am glad to be back here. I missed you all so much. It definitely was one of those years. But we are strong and resilient, we survive and on we go…

Posted on 21 Apr 14 (about 5 years ago)

I’ll add my welcome too. I bet you saw some amazing plants in Australia.

Posted on 21 Apr 14 (about 5 years ago)

Welcome back. I’ve been a little slack myself lately. You were in Australia? You should have called in.
(anyone else coming Down Under to Sydney please free to contact me, love to say G’day),

Posted on 22 Apr 14 (about 5 years ago)
SneIrish

SneIrish

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United States6b

Oh no! And I spent a good part of my three weeks in Sydney. I wish I had known. Well, then on my next visit! I loved every part of the country I saw, but Sydney was amazing and fantastical!

Posted on 22 Apr 14 (about 5 years ago)

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