While doing my rounds this morning, I decided it was time to do some pruning and clean up around the squash and melons. With the summer squash, I cut away a lot of the bottom leaves, and anything dead or dying. The zucchini didn't really need it, but the sunburst squash needed quite a bit. … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: some pruning and cleanup – and we are forewarned!
Along with the three types of garlic that came in, my daughters' flower bulbs arrived. The tulip collection included 10 bulbs each of Orca, Pinksize and Brownie, and 8 bulbs each of Black Hero, Pamplona and Vanilla Coup. There was also 6 bulbs of Gardenia Daffodil. So while I was having fun working in the … Continue reading Fall planting: the last of the flowers, plus other progress
This afternoon, the girls and I did a bit of winterizing around the house by laying sheets of foam insulation around the base of the house and covering the septic tank, and the pipes to the house, with straw. The only part that is left to do is around the tap at the back of … Continue reading Did it work?
It's a hot day today, but it's going to get even hotter throughout the week, hitting above 30C/86F in a few days. Plus, I'll be doing a lot of driving throughout the week. I figured if my brother could be out baling hay in this heat today, I can prune some deadwood! There were two … Continue reading Clean up: deadwood
While we have been able to determine that the trees in the south yard are NOT the cause of our current internet problems, we did work on some additional pruning of the elm we'd worked on earlier. This is one of a couple of large branches we took down, that were growing into the lilac … Continue reading More large branch pruning
In my last post, I mentioned how we were having connectivity troubles with our satellite internet, due to heave foliage. It's very windy today. Since we switched cables on accounts, we've had constant interruptions in service, to the point that my daughter was having difficulties working. I'd gone outside to use up more of the … Continue reading Just a bit of a prune…
I had originally been thinking of working in a different area today, to remove more dead and damaged trees in the West yard. That pile of apple branches, however, was bothering me. So I started breaking that down, instead. Here are the before and after pictures. This is as far as I got, before it … Continue reading Clean up progress
The down side of using what clear weather we've had to keep on top of the mowing is, lots of other things aren't getting done. Today, we tackled one of those jobs (though I could easily have spent a couple of hours mowing). We worked on pruning the dead wood out of the crab apple … Continue reading Crab apple pruning
Today turned out to be too cold and damp to do the mowing between the trees I cleared last year, that I hoped to do today. I thought I might be able to at least use my reciprocating saw to cut some of the smaller stumps of trees I took down last year to ground … Continue reading Clean up: west fence line and maple grove
I wasn't able to get back to working on getting the tire planter out (I can wiggle it a bit more, though! 😀 ), but yesterday evening I decided to deadhead the spirea by the storage house. I also cut them back from the grapes they were starting to encroach on again. As I was … Continue reading Just a bit more…