I’ll admit, gardening in Maine in late March isn’t the most exciting thing I’ve ever done. But as the weather continues to teeter totter between freezing temps and the spring thaw, it’s getting us out of the house and into the yard, so that’s a good thing.
Clearing garden beds of brush and trimming tree limbs are what we’ve been up to the past few days, and already we’re starting to see a big difference.
The good thing about this property is that it’s not too overwhelming. Really all we need to do to get it into tip top shape is get out there and prune the trees, install a vegetable plot and add a fenced in area for Lucy and then maintain, maintain, maintain.
It’s a pretty low key piece of land, very natural looking, and I think that’s what I like best about it. If we never planted another tree or put in any new flower beds, the place would still look great twenty years from now.
Slowing down. That’s what I’m all about these days. Do it once, do it right, and then sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labor. It sounds like a pretty solid plan if you ask me.
And hey! Check it out. Buoy #2 washed ashore yesterday. How about that? A few more and I’ll have enough to display on the side of the barn.
Beauty, it’s in the small things.
Here’s to a wonderful Thursday.
P.S. Have you been able to work in the garden lately? If so, what have you been up to? Planning, pruning, planting? Curious minds want to know.
Shari Harniss says
Here in Columbus, GA we’ve been digging in the dirt for a week or so. We had to get two stumps pulled out of the backyard. They were way to deep and extensive for shovels. My hubby tried, tho.
I have lots of weeding, planting and building ahead of me for quite a while. Isn’t that wunnerful?
I’ve been longing for spring and summer for what seems an age.
Lynn Culpepper says
Yes, indeed. It’s in the small things.
Here in a suburb of Dallas, TX, hubby has planted onions, potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, and squash. But, I have been so busy with a new grandbaby that I am terribly behind on cutting back and cleaning out all the flower beds. (Super fun reason, as that baby boy is spectacular!!!!) Hoping to get to this as the next five days of the calendar have some open squares on it for that!
I am pretty pumped that last years tomato and purple hull pea crop were abundant enough that I still have some of each in freezer. Increasing harvest has been a goal of mine for many years.
Happy Spring everyone!
I planted a row of peas and have lettuce, spinach & radishes started under some plastic hoops. We still have chilly nights too but I like to get an early start and see what will grow! Northern Illinois
I’ve been potting up our spring and summer veggies this week. We also have a rose garden with with several red rose plants and some very old, thick trunk, overgrown climbers that have termites! So digging them out needs to be on our schedule soon. Who knew roses can get subterranean termites? Another plague to deal with…
Susan D Henline says
Here in Ohio this beautiful weather deceives me into wanting to plant but I know from experience we aren’t through with cold snaps. I did plant some yellow, white, and red onion sets since they can tolerate cool temps. Cleaning on flower beds, plotting where to plant veggies, impatiently waiting for warmer weather!
I need to get into the tulip bed and pull those tiny weeds coming up; however, the ground is too wet right now.
Expecting two days without rain here in the PNW. Will be planting peas and putting out strawberries. 🙂
My goal this season is to focus on the outside of our house. I have a painter coming mid-June and will get the outside painted (it is original from 1990, faded, muted and everything is 1 color) and I will be changing the color and painting the trim to accent. I also rented myself a skid steer for Mother’s Day weekend because I am tired of spending 3 years undoing the mounds in my front yard as previous owners buried logs and covered them with rocks and dirt and called it landscaping. I couldn’t even see my front door past the mounds when we bought the house. I am also putting a new deck on as the original was ‘repurposed’ by those same people and various woods, paints, and stains have just made for a rotten mess. I am ripping it all out and starting fresh. We also are replacing all of the gutters and rotting fascia. After all that is said and done I am getting a new septic tank as the original was never pumped and collapsed this winter. The septic guys have a temporary cover on it while we wait for the permit approval. Good fun, but hopefully by this fall every thing will be good. Maybe I will even get around to getting the chain link fence fixed, but that is the least of my priorities. We haven’t been able to use the backyard since last spring because of the unsafe deck and septic. Some days I think it would be easier just to sell the house, but I couldn’t do it on my conscious knowing the problems. We had no idea the DIYers before us did so much wrong as they were very good at being deceptive and hiding a lot that the inspector missed. I have grown to hate this house as I have spent 3 years undoing all their awful work.
Linda T says
Please tell me why they call them “inspectors” when so many people run into big time problems that should have been evident to anyone with true inspection experience. Can just anyone put out a shingle as an inspector without any regulation?
Received my Jiffy pellet kit yesterday. Will be starting petunias, sweet William, & Shasta daisies here in KY.
You need a cordless pole saw. It makes tree trimming a breeze.
Linda Sand says
Right. Sit back and relax. Because you are so good at that. 🙂
Carolyn Rust says
Here in the Pacific NW I have weeded, dug up the day lilies and spread mulch in the front yard. Did a little pruning, but not much. Started tearing out an old deck my dad installed about 30yrs ago. This weekend I will probably finish the tear out and then figure out how to move the potted trumpet vine. Then it is install some sort of raised bed for gardening in where the old deck was. Just typing all of this down makes me tired, so I keep picturing the way it will look when I am done just to stay motivated.