I’ve been doing a lot of odds and ends in the garden over the last couple of days alone and with the help of my husband. The local farm store had a sale on fruit and vegetable plants. I got 20 present off on onion sets and ginger and rhubarb roots. The first thing I planted was the rhubarb. I dipped into my stash of compost again for this job. Rhubarb is a heavy feeder. This fall I will dump a full bushel of cow or horse manure onto it to give it a good start next spring!
If I buy blooming bulbs, I like the ones that are potted in dirt so that I can transplant them outside. I did this with a hyacinth and tulip I bought in individual pots at Aldi earlier this spring. They look pretty sad now, but they should come back next year.
I spent some quality time in our raspberry patch digging out more brambles and removing dead wood. The brush pile on the front terrace is growing. I also dug and pulled a lot of Dames Rocket. I love the way it looks and smells, but it is a pestilence in the back border.
Part of our willow tree came down in an ice storm this past winter. Some kind neighbors came over and practiced their newly acquired chain saw skills on it. I ended up with some nice fire wood and some very crushed lawn furniture. We took the last of the broken wooden lawn furniture to the village compost site yesterday and returned with a load of wood chips which we distributed around the yard to bare spots.
We will have to visit the compost site about four or five more times before we have all the paths and garden areas rechipped. We also will be on the look out for three more bales of straw and a lot of scrap lumber to do a few building and gardening projects, but those will be stories for another day! Begonia