I am ready to plant NOW! There are so many things that must be done before we get to the planting stage that somedays it is just overwhelming. The tornado late last summer started the refurbishing. Then the bomb cyclone last week and now our continued winds-from-hell add to the projects:
- Pinback the hair (even with the best of pony-tail holders, it won’t last more than five minutes before something breaks loose and inevitably ends up whipping in my eyes.).
- Dress in layers (cold now, hot in an hour, then cold again later).
- Put bricks in the bottom of the trash can so it won’t fall over and dump everything to blow around just to be picked up again.
- Keep several bags in the bottom of the trash can because trying to open one in this wind just won’t work (I think one should be at my friend’s place in Kansas by now).
- DON’T BURN WEEDS YET – but pile them up and make sure to throw bricks and huge, heavy logs on top of them to keep them together (ya, like that works? In this wind I will be continually picking up tumbleweeds – grr!)
- WATCH THE WEATHER CHANNELS LIKE A HAWK – not for the storms, but for the winds. We were supposed to be mild today (Wednesday 3/20) at which point I could have burned some of the mess down. But nooo – now we are not going to mellow down to the burning stage for at least the next 10 days. May have to have the fire department on standby for the next burning as the pile is getting huge!
Then there are all the “other” projects we want/need to get done:
- New dog pen. This has to be first because we cannot go another year with them in the front yard. They are destroying everything, and the damn Boxer (his name is Pig, and it fits) won’t stay in. The next phase on the new space for them will be an electric fence. Yes, I am serious! He has killed 3 cats and five chickens, and that was all just for fun – JERK! Bad enough we have foxes and coyotes here, now we have to watch our own monster. Too bad he is so fun to watch normally – quite the character.
(yes, this was him but two years ago – notice that his foot is holding down a stuffed pig doll)
- We have new fruit trees that are supposed to come in next week. We have plotted out where/how we want them, but can’t do anything until they are here. So that will be a drop-everything project when they come.
- Our seedling veggies are getting way too big already and must be moved somewhere soon. We want to put them in the greenhouse area again – but it’s not ready either. We are looking at some new covering, and if we select it, we need to get to all the rungs for hanging. If the plants get too big too soon, won’t be able to get the scaffolding around/over them. (I could pretend I am Tarzan and swing around the rungs – but I wouldn’t want to embarrass others my age by doing it – ya, sure!?!)
(my fav Tarzan!)
There are many MANY more things that are swirling around in my head that need to be started. Guess I will just have to chalk it all up to spring fever, although I don’t think that ever-mounting chores are what they had in mind when they created that phrase.
One last tidbit to share: If you read last weeks post you know I love gardening until it’s dark then watching the stars – but – there a real thing that I also love which is gardening by the moon. Well, my buds at Farmer’s Almanac have sent a new article via email that gets into better detail:
WHY DO WE GARDEN BY THE MOON by Jaime McLeod
If you want some fun and interesting reading, check it out. They share the best time to do certain gardening steps by following moon phases. Enjoy!
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