Beau February 11th, 2009
Storms and rain since yesterday, but we had a really nice run of warm weather and I took advantage of the time to catch up on outdoor chores. It was even time to clean up the garden and prune a host of shrubs. The timing worked out well with today’s rain- I was able to burn a small garage-sized pile of brush that had accumulated since November. I only burn in small piles, after (or during) rainfall, when the winds are calm. The temperatures are dropping back down to the forties now, but yesterday was amazing. I was out in a t-shirt in 70 degree weather happily mulching the garden. Maybe in a few months that will change to happily munching in the garden!
It was time to paint the old bluebird nest boxes too. Soon we will learn about building some new bird houses- they seem quite simple, and it’s great to teach children to learn more about safe use of tools and carpentry. I like to browse Ted’s Woodworking Plans, because it offers so many varieties of plans and ideas for use around the home and farm.
As for the old birdhouses- there’s always some paint around that can be used for something. The young boy loves to paint! So that was his new project.
The weather was so warm we saw a handful of bugs flying around. Last night this little critter landed on the glass door- the young boy stood on the inside saying it looked like a T, so we called it a T-bug. I went out and took its picture, and didn’t realize until looking at the picture today that he had traced his own T on the opposite side of the glass. Update: A little Googling revealed this critter is in the family of Plume Moths…
Now we need to find some organic mulch or compost to topdress the garden rows, and we’ll be ready to plant starts and seeds next month or early April. Before last year I had accumulated enough leaves and grass clippings to have our own mulch, but last year the bagger broke and I just cut the leaves up on the grass. Going to fix that this year and keep building our own mulch pile again- it’s too easy to have your own, and too expensive to get it someplace else. Of course if we had some goats or chickens that would be different… heck, if things get any worse out there we may need to…
Nothing like a helping hand of the loader bucket to carry the brush and clippings away. I really like roses… but it’s not fun pruning them. We’re still experimenting with growing vegetables organically, keeping the weeds down and improving the soil.
I have not found an easy method for trimming weeds and bushes yet, but it’s probably more like that old quote about hard work and “gardens needing lots of moisture”… it’s mostly in the form of perspiration!