still too cold out there yet to go out, but hopefully
it will warm up by the time i feel like going outside.
it was supposed to snow last night yet that did not
happen much. need to get some peas and strawberries
watered. hoses might be too hard to run if it is cold.
hmm... i may be too lazy and unmotivated to dig them
out and put them in the sun...
i guess i need to talk myself into it and just do it.
ok, that worked. :) i'll go do that and then read
for a while longer.
You poor poor baby , I feel your pain ! Actually I
feel my own pain , been up working on the roof of the camper-port (giant
carport) . Today is rafter-setting day , got 3 pairs up so far . Only 8
more to go ... it wouldn't be so bad , but it's 12 feet up and I haven't
got the permanent bracing installed yet . Temp bracing halfway up the
posts and it's got a bit of sway up on top . 20 years ago I'd have
laughed , but these days I don't bounce when I hit , I break . Got way
too much on my plate to be laid up healing right now .
On Sun, 28 Apr 2019 11:44:27 -0400, songbird
Last night was supposed to reach freezing (it didn't by 8 degrees),
and tonight a few degrees below. So, yesterday I shut off the inside
valve to the outside sillcock, and drained the attached hose, so
hopefully none of the fittings will get frozen/broken.
The 30-gallon plastic barrels of water under greenhouse benches kept
temps there in the upper 40s, so the tomato plants look content.
Light rain/41F currently.
Good day to do whatever SWMBO wants done indoors!
We've had a warm spell here north of Baltimore but tonight it's supposed to dip down to 41. Nothing to panic about and the trend is warming later in the week. Unfortunately, it's going to be on-and-off rain so I'll need a machete to cut the lawn.
Wastern Ohio isn't so bad. We're in the "which jacket?" transitional
phase, where one day will be a wind breaker and the next will be a
heavy coat. But even the heavy coat days are above freazing for now.
I've been working on getting the food garden mulched, but the rain
is making that tricky. The county has free mulch (made from the
free dumping of brush -- the circle of mulch), but loading in the
rain is no fun.
The coming week has rain forecast for every day. But just a tiny
bit of rain, sometime. I'm hoping for some good windows.
Last year, I didn't get the full bed mulched before I planted, and
things were a disaster. Mulching before planting is just dumping
wheel-barrows of mulch. After planting, it is tedious, back-ache,
I had a plan.
In the plan, I would get the mulch done in March, well before last
So far, my master plan has slipped by a month on all metrics.
Well, maybe next spring.
We seem to be past the snow (but no guarantees), and have thunderstorms
on the horizon (and a few already happened).
About 10 (ish) years ago, we had one of those springs from hell --
where it rained every weekend for 6-8 weeks. The grass got nearly
When a dry window happened, I took the string trimmer and cut a
path up the middle of the back yard. Then two cross paths. And I
dealt with each 1/6th grid as a challenge.
And THEN I got out the mower.
This spring, so far, is being a bit more cooperative.
getting old ain't for the weak!
i am not someone you'd want up on rafters or a
roof for doing much. i will go up once in a while
to inspect or as we are currently tarped over part
of the top (chimney cap) i have to put the tarp
back under the straps to keep it from making too
much noise in the wind. i have to call the roofing
people this week to see what is up and when they
might be back. it would be really nice to be done
my leg is still trying to heal up from last fall.
taking a long time - just the way things are i guess
- at least my arm is ok. last time i visited the
chiropractor i mentioned my shoulder was still a
bit messed up from when i pulled it a few years ago
like it was a residual that would not move right.
he did a few things to it and it took care of it -
feels like normal - but i sure won't be shovelling
heavy clay from a hole up into a wheelbarrow any
longer. i'll do half buckets at a time instead if
i need to move any more subsoil (not expecting to
have to do that but you never know...).
good luck on getting that done. i wouldn't even
we're forecast for rain/snow/whatever happens off and
on all this week including this afternoon. looking at
the radar it looks like we'll get something for a change
but that can also change. i.e. pretty much normal spring
i may take a nap. i took out the trash earlier
(normally i don't because it isn't my chore :) but today
i was up anyways so i did it - doesn't hurt to give a
gift/surprise once in a while :) )...
it was getting too dry out there and so i did get a
little watering done yesterday and one of the hoses
is set up.
Our county has free mulch if you load it yourself, but for $10 they'll use their front-end loader to put a cubic yard into your pickup truck. I pay the $10 to save all that work. They'll have the same deal on compost in another month or so.
We got a load of mulch a few weeks ago and it's all spread. This week I'm shoveling a winter's worth of manure out of the sheep barn to put on the garden and compost piles.
this spring/late winter there was a lot of rain and
that means i can't do much in the gardens with a lot
of them having a lot of clay in the mix. just have to
be patient (or you're making bricks).
we've had some nice days this week so i was able to
get working on some gardens and do some weeding. the
largest garden i'm working on now i have to move a lot
of plants (because i want them along the edges where i'll
have to hand weed anyways) so eventually the time i put in
moving plants will pay off to not have to work around
them in the central part of the garden. the areas that
don't have plants in the way i can dig a hole, skim the
surface and bury that so many of the weed seeds won't be
able to sprout. it will take me several years to get
this garden back under control because it was mostly
neglected last year and a lot of weed seeds were able to
fall. i did a pretty good job along the top edge and
along the side edge where i have creeping thyme growing
and that looks nice, but once i injured my leg that
ruined my plans for having that garden done before
winter. ah well, stuff happens... :)
at the moment it looks like you may get some rains but
most of it looks to be heading further north for a change.
i think we'll get some rain from this storm (and that is
ok with me - i need a day off).
The driving force on this one is Mrs Snag ... But if I didn't want to
, it wouldn't happen . I'm still pretty spry for my age i guess , people
we know that are our age aren't faring so well . I did get my tomatoes
in the ground this morning and planted some bunching onions . Went to
the co-op this afternoon and got 10 bales of straw for top mulch . The
tomatoes are on the trellis I built last year for beans instead of cages
. I'll be putting cardboard down around them before the straw mulch to
prevent soil splashing up on the plants when watering or raining -
that's what caused my blight fungus last year . Potatoes are coming
along nicely , bare spaces in the row are gradually filling in . I also
found a bunch of volunteer yellow squashes , planted some and potted
some more for giveaway . Oh , and did I mention that the strawberry
plants are loaded loaded loaded with fruit ? Not much in this world
better than fresh strawberry jam on hot from the oven bread slathered
with (real) butter .
I'm looking for a great year , I learned last year about the pests
that my plants have never survived long enough to get before ... and I
have an arsenal of "natural" weapons to unleash upon them !
Several years ago, I was told by another guy who was loading mulch
that the county people can use the loaders if you have a trailer,
but they can't load trucks. (Probably liability concerns.) I may
be getting a trailer soon, for other reasons, and need to ask whether
that is true (or *still* true).
Best I can figure, the initial blanketing of the vegi garden is
around 20 yards. If I only had to unload, life would be much better.
It'll be too late for this year, but would be a welcome change for
Not here. Had a warm winter?not unusual for this part of the
country?followed by a very early "spring" (February). Lately, daytime
temperatures have been topping out in low-to-mid 80s with overnight lows
in mid 60s. My poor garden sort of went to the dogs (sad state of
dereliction) during the summer of '18, due entirely to inattention,
which state continued until very recently, when I've been able to remove
weeds from four of the nine beds and get them ready to receive the usual
amendments, if not ready for actual planting. Missed fall?winter (Sept.
Oct.) as well as spring (Feb) plantings but am optimistic for the
summertime. Think there's still time for so-called "southern" peas
(white acre "crowders", probably), snap beans (Delinel, contender,
provider and/or slenderette), and okra. Had a series of seizures and a
stroke this past summer, resulting in three hospitalizations and an
extended stay in a "health and rehabilitation" kennel. Learning to walk
again, as an adult whose butt is much higher above the ground than a
toddler's, has been a real adventure and using the left arm/hand/fingers
for any useful purpose remains problemmatical. Afraid my rafter-setting
(and Bach-playing) days might be past. Won't be shaving with my old
"cutthroat" straight razor any time soon, either. Darn. The latter
two of those I truly shall miss; the first, not so much.
Oh, you are so-o-o-o easy. IME, Procrastination is a fine art,
never truly to be mastered, but requiring constant practice in order for
its practitioners to obtain a high degree of guilt-free competence.
...works for me.
any day i can garden outside this time of the year
is a bonus day. not looking like i will be doing
much this week.
i hope you can avoid further episodes and recover
on the left side.
i never could really play music well enough to
worry about a loss of ability.
well it has taken me how many years to finally get
any spring peas planted? 3-4ish? :) i think i
seasoned that long enough... now i'm just hoping some
of them will grow so i can get some fresh seeds back.
i even put those Wando seeds in the mix to see what
will happen. i'm asking Momma Nature a lot of questions
with this planting so we'll see how she answers.
the strawberries look much better this year than
last year so the crop should be there if i can keep
the hard frosts off the flowers. it may work out...
a gardener is full of dreams and hopes. :)
those who don't exercise don't usually fare very well
from what i'm seeing.
i've tried a lot of things to keep the blight down
but in the end it seems to come back and get the plants
no matter what i do. luckily they produce well enough
that by the time they're done with the bulk of the crop
so are we happy to be done too.
the cardboard will help with weeds though so is
worth it IMO.
good deal! glad they worked out this season.
the fences are what make the most difference for us
to have more reliable production. the weather is the
2nd largest factor. well, of course getting things
planted is required too...