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!