Monday, April 4, 2011

Greatly Exaggerated!!!!

Beatrice says that folks are starting to wonder if something untimely, dastardly or nefarious has befallen me…… I assure you that these rumors have been greatly exaggerated… but around here it is not uncommon.

SO what have i been doing???? 

IMG_0855  IMG_0857 Yesterday i got ready for our attempt to grow Blueberries. As some of you know i got really really (more that before) hooked on Blueberries last year in Maine. During our stop at Tractor Supply on Saturday (the high point of a not so great hunt for a new camera for me) after being told for like the thousandth time we could not take the cute little bunny home, i spotted Blueberry plants for sale. Some how three of them jumped into the cart (where the bunny should have been) and after threatening to have a tantrum right then (and getting laughed at by our friend Gayle the manager) Beatrice let me get the Blueberry plants. A bargain at just $4.99 each. So Sunday was a layout day to figure where they will go. More on that later.

Sunday’s real project was expanding the Wild Flower garden that surrounds the garden patio.IMG_0866 I’ve gotten tired cutting around the Leland's so me and the lil’ tiller turned up what we call a lawn (realy weed with lots of chickweed and purple dead nettle). Next is letting any thing i missed start to come up, yank it, then throwing 3 boxes of “Wild Flower Seed” from the dollar store.IMG_0867 IMG_0869

Today was repairing and expanding (see a pattern here) the asparagus beds. Yanked out the pavers between the beds, replaced the outer boards of the bed, and added peat moss, and manure. Need more though.

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BUT WAIT,,,,,, There is more!!!!!!

I have been toying with the idea of building a Butterfly and Humming Bird Habitat. So after buying the seed for this, today the plot got started with a heavy turning.

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        Before                               After

Folks around here usually get nervous when they see me putting those little orange flags around. BUT today i was too fast for them and was done in about 1.5 hours. Notice how much less grass there will be to cut!!!!!

SPEAKING of grass cutting, Beatrice decided that she wouldIMG_0888 help by cutting at the end of the property. This time of year we are plagued with Chick weed and other less than desirable growth. And it is all right at seed level now,,,, SOOOOO you can’t just mulch or blow it. It must all be picked up and dumped in our mulch pile for later in the year after it all dies.


Anvilcloud said...

I think you have more of a farm than a garden. :)

Anonymous said...

Seeing how much of your yard will now be a garden reminded me of what my husband would say about our yard when he was young. Yes, we live in the house that my husband lived in for most of his life. Bob's father was a gardener. Most of the yard was a garden. We have no garden now. The yard is bumpy because of its prior use. We have four blueberry plants in our back yard. It is really nice to go out and pick fresh blueberries.

Lois Evensen said...

That is one big "garden." Wow, you've been busy. It should be gorgeous, though. We'll be going back to sea in a few weeks so any gardening I might do now would be left unattended this summer. Depressing, huh.

But, I'll be able to watch your beautiful garden all summer if you post images of it here. ;)

Out on the prairie said...

You must have the tiller attachment for your Deere.There are a lot of plants that are good for butterflies, but some like particular colors.Each year when buying flower seed I canhear my gramndmother saying that you can't eat them.One year I planted all the flower you can eat just to tease her.

Sandra said...

wait just a minute, i have to get the dictioanry to look up those big words in your first sentence. ha ha love that come on in lead in. I love blue berries and i would have begged for the bunny to. in the last shot I thought she threw away the mower, looks like it is buried at first glance. and as for the wild flowers, can't wait to see them, i love wild flowers above all others.

Montanagirl said...

You'll have a beautiful yard and garden. The butterflies and hummers will love it I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

Goods Morning Everyone,
We only have 3/4 acre AC and the veggie garden is getting downsized every year. BUT it is fun to play. I'm hoping that the blueberries will survive here Linda. Our soil has a pH of 6.5 and the berries like it at 5.5. I just picked up some sulfur at the Garden Supply to 'Acidify" the BB Patch. Lois, we will save some weeding for your return trip. Eastern Shore is right on the way home so stop in anytime. I never showed JD and his Tiller Steve???? I will remedy that later. I love fun words like nefarious and dastardly Sandra. They are so seldom used, poor things. Thanks for the compliment Mona. We should be sharing lots of pictures of butterflies this summer.

Anonymous said...

Less grass is always a good thing :-) :-)

I´ve been thinking of having blue berries in my garden too, but I´m not sure they´ll survive here. But I think I´ll buy some plants anyway and try them. I´ll plant them together with my Arctic raspberries (Rubus Arcticus) I bought last year because they like the same conditions (but the raspberries are much hardier though). But I doubt I´ll find blueberries that are so cheap :-)

Have a great day now!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Whew, I got tired just reading about all that work you and I were did, Grenville!

Daisy said...

I love blueberries! I wish I had some growing here. I hope they do well for you.

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