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ImageMaryE
Mar 29, 2019 4:48 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
I have garlic sprouting all up and down the rows! Beautiful green spikes sticking up through the straw mulch. It really doesn't take much to make a gardener happy! Today I've been on my knees working on a flower bed that I hope to finish today. Quack grass had about taken it over. I gave up weeding and pulling the roots out from a few wimpy daylily sprouts, so I dug up the whole mess, separated the daylilies and replanted them in clean spots. Clean for the time being. There were 9 little plants so I put them in two groups. The tag says they are "Fire Escape". I hope they bloom this year but I have to be realistic.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Mar 29, 2019 5:09 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Oh, what a fun day you had playing in the dirt Thumbs up I hope your daylilies bloom this year too!
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ImageMaryE
Apr 8, 2019 10:13 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
The past few days have been showery. Like it or not I do have things I need to be doing outside. I started pruning the young fruit trees. I think we planted them about 8 years ago. They are dwarf and semi dwarf types. One pear, one plum (like an Italian type we commonly just call prunes) and one apple that has grown into a nice tree but has never produced a single apple. I need Rick to stand at a distance and tell me which limbs to cut because I know I am leaving too many. When Ryan was our neighbor he pruned them for us. I also need to rake the mulch off the garlic rows. Working there will make my feet huge because the wet clay soil will stick to my shoes.

Here is a homemade trap for catching rats or maybe mice. Sometimes the simple things are just so clever! I wanted to post it somewhere to save it. I should make one and put it in the hay shed to see what I might catch. https://www.facebook.com/ViralPostTv/videos/2012094085760829...
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Apr 8, 2019 11:01 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
That is similar to the trap that Toni posted. I thought our apple tree had died but it does have blooms. I once read that when you prune fruits trees that you prune so that a crow can fly through the limbs but a cow can't follow Blinking
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ImageMaryE
Apr 12, 2019 3:30 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
The weather forecast was right about the wind today, and so far not right about the showers. It might have rained in town, often does there and doesn't here. Everything is wet enough for now. I burned paper trash, buried kitchen trimmings, washed out the buckets and used a stiff brush on them which I don't always do. Usually I just rinse them or fill them with snow or straw and scrub it around to get most of the residue off. Now I have a couple of hoses connected so they got a better cleaning.

I need to get the straw off the garlic sprouts but thought it was too windy today. Straw flies around, you know, but I might give it a try anyway. I walked along the row where I transplanted asparagus and see signs that most of it is happy. The old straw will be put along both sides of that row to help with weed control and moisture retention.

Yesterday we went to buy trees. We had bought one Siouxland poplar thinking of putting it at the edge of the yard, then decided against it because of the proximity of the line running to the drain field, and the possibility of a lot of lateral roots sprouting new trees. We decided to put it elsewhere and bought another one to go with it. If extra trees sprout there it will be just fine. It's a wild area with a lot of volunteer roses and old poplar stumps. We also bought a Brandywine maple for that place in the yard where we had to take out a dead tree last fall. It will eventually make shade for part of the west side of the house. We'll need to protect all of them from the deer and cattle while they get established. All of the trees are still at the nursery until we get holes dug so that we can plop them right into their places when we get them home. The poplars don't have a lot of roots at this time. They had arrived at the nursery as bare root plants earlier this year. Hopefully we can get them all into the ground next week.
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Imagevic
Apr 12, 2019 5:36 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Show us pictures when you get them planted Thumbs up
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ImageMaryE
Apr 14, 2019 7:28 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Squash and tomato seeds are planted in plastic 4 packs, sitting on a heat mat in the greenhouse. Today wasn't so windy and it wasn't raining so I raked more straw mulch off the garlic and moved to to the asparagus row. Peaches helped me. What a sweetie! I can see gaps in the garlic rows where gophers dined this winter. I'll try to locate a main tunnel and set traps.

Snow is in the forecast for tonight, or maybe frost.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Apr 15, 2019 2:18 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
A fun day. I wish I had a helper like Peaches Lovey dubby
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ImageArleneB
Apr 15, 2019 3:39 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Dang gophers!

I was thinking about you today because our wind was horrible!! Not cold, just very, very windy. Rusty used to be my helper but he doesn't seem to even have an interest anymore, just wants to nap.
ImageMaryE
Apr 15, 2019 7:08 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
No snow, no frost! Yippeee!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageMaryE
Apr 16, 2019 5:31 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Yesterday Rick dug tree planting holes with the backhoe. Today I had to cut out roots and fill in quite a bit of soil because they were too deep for the trees. We went to get the trees yesterday and they are still on the pickup, tied firmly to the rack behind the cab. We drove home at no more than 40 mph to keep them from getting whipped around too much. We hope to get them planted in the next couple of days. They will need to be staked and also protected from deer and cows. Two of them are going pretty close to the pasture fence, below the stumps of an old row of Lombardy poplars that had died. Those had grown up from the stumps of others that had been cut down. They were probably the offspring of some original homestead trees. Hopefully in a few years the new trees will be tall enough to shade our buildings.

Since it was too windy to make tree planting a pleasant job, I finished pruning the grape vines. The sap has started to rise so some sap puddled up on the fresh cuts, but not enough to drip much. They will be ok. The fruit trees have started to bud so I won't finish pruning them. It might make picking fruit a little more of a challenge. I should have started that job a few weeks earlier. Weather and age are ganging up on me.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Apr 16, 2019 6:14 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Mary, you are ageless Lovey dubby Group hug
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ImageMaryE
Apr 16, 2019 6:45 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Tell my body that!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageArleneB
Apr 16, 2019 9:42 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Hilarious! i totally understand!
ImageMaryE
Apr 19, 2019 10:40 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
We planted the trees yesterday. I still need to put mulch around them. The big pile I hauled home from Ryan's a couple of years ago will provide all the wood chip mulch I'll need for the rest of my life! I finished raking the straw off the garlic and have moved most of it to other places. My old rhubarb plants even got some of it. Rick mowed around the buildings and driveway with the riding mower for the first time this year. I need to do the yard.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Apr 19, 2019 12:34 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
A very busy and productive 2 days Mary Thumbs up
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ImageMaryE
Apr 25, 2019 5:45 PM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
The new trees have fat buds that are just about to burst open and reveal the baby leaves. I'm not sure what color the leaves on the new maple will be but I do know they will be red in the fall. I got one short row of garlic weeded, and also weeded around the transplanted asparagus and watered each plant with a slow trickle while I moved along the row. Most of them are showing new top growth now. I left a few in the old rows to pop in if some of these don't make it. The lawn (glorified weed patch) has been mowed once and will soon need it again. I've been weeding flower beds again, making some progress. The weeds are making more. The wiegalia? shrub my son gave me last Mother's day is showing tiny buds now. I am pleased that it made it through the winter. Still looking for signs of the white peonies I dug and moved from Ryan's place. Eight pieces of root with eyes were planted, last year I saw a few wimpy plants and am still holding out hope for some to have survived.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Apr 26, 2019 3:48 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Mary - you had a very busy day. My Weigela is in full bloom Thumbs up
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ImageMaryE
Apr 28, 2019 7:34 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Yesterday morning was calm so we burned 3 big piles of limbs. The wind came up strong in the afternoon which kept me busy with the hose to keep the fire where it was supposed to be. The smaller piles were no problem, they could not have gone anywhere because of being surrounded by green grass. The biggest one was north of the garden where there is mulch and some dry leaves, etc under bushes. By the time the wind got strong it was mostly burned down to smoldering large chunks and a lot of ashes. I kept the leading edge wet and soaked it all down good before dark.

We had a big pile of dry hardwood firewood that needed to go somewhere. We loaded it on the truck and trailer and took it to elderly neighbors who depend on wood for heat. As it turned out the timing was great, they were almost out of their winter supply. We wanted to get it out of our pasture before the cows come in the next few days. They would have had a wonderful time rubbing and scattering it then pooping on it. Same with the burn pile.

Today's weather forecast looks like a repeat of yesterday, high of 54, and tonight's low prediction is 23.
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Apr 28, 2019 11:51 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Good Grief on the temps Mary - When is your last overnight frost predicted?
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