Saturday, March 9, 2013

Gardening: Take 1

Wweeelllll, today (actually earlier in the week) I decided that I would have a "work in the yard" day.  Since it was supposed to be an absolutely beautiful day, it would be perfect.  For the next several months, I plan to post something about gardening on Saturdays.  Now is the perfect time to start cleaning to get ready for some beautiful blooms, fruits, and veggies.

So, on to today's adventures.  I woke up around 9:30 this morning and dressed in what I call my gardening clothes.  TIP 1.  When working outside, never wear new clothes unless you have some new gardening boots.  I would love this pair in particular.  If you're clearing spots in your yard for the first time in a long time, you may want to wear longs sleeves and gloves.  Just in case you have any kind of poison ivy/oak.  You don't want to end up like this.

And that was just a couple of days later.  It actually got worse and I had to go get a shot.  So, long sleeves and gloves.

Anyway, I got started on the front yard shortly after I got up.  This is what I went out to.

Front yard

Flower bed to the right of the driveway.

Left of driveway beside the garage

Corner of the driveway and front sidewalk.

Front yard

As you can see, I have a lot to work with and I started on it last year.  The rock wall in the front yard was a project from last year.  See all those rocks and how big some of them are?  Yeah, I moved them all by my 5 feet tall self.  I am woman, hear me roar.  I had to dig about 2 feet into the hill.  I used some of the extra dirt to level out the bottom and fill in some holes.

Today I worked on making sure that the flower beds were cleared of leaves and old mulch.  In between raking, I checked on some of the flowers that I planted last year.  Many of them are already coming back with blooms.  My strawberry plants are coming back in.  I'm hoping to be able to get more than 5 or 6 strawberries this year.   After working a while with my little helper, my husband brought lunch.  By that point,  I had the flower bed at the top of the drive, and Alex helped me move some of "his baby day lilies".  He helped me plant them by the mailbox and put some in pots for a friend of mine.  Then I worked on clearing the side and part of the back yard.  TIP 2:  When clearing leaves and limbs, a good thing to have is a tarp.  You can rake the leaves onto the tarp and then you can haul it to whatever part of the yard you want.  Just don't overload it.  Leaves can be heavy.  Needless to say, I was able to clear about three quarters of the yard today.  Now, I'm sitting on the couch drinking a glass of wine while suffering with sore muscles.  I'm using one of my hubby's chocolate books as a coaster for my hillbilly wine glass.  I'll do a post later on showing how to make those, too.  I think I'll sleep well tonight.

Here's how it looks so far.

All the green across the top right are day lilies.

These are grape hyacinth.  They came from my momma's house.

As I said earlier, I'm going to try to do a post each Saturday to show you my progress and pass on some tips and maybe a funny story or two.  

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