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Sunday, January 31, 2010
Manpower and Machinery
When freeze damage occurs the experts advise home gardeners to wait until after the chance of anymore frosts passes before we cut back the dead and brittle plant material. In my area that date is right around February 25. We all know this gardener will never wait that long to cut shrubs and plants back.
I never have waited that long in past years and this year will not be the exception. That understood... I am really trying to hold off until at least second week of February.
Just in case.
Okay. So I've trimmed back a few things in the garden. But only a few. I really have to keep stopping myself to stick with my goal.
Fortunately the very long to-do list of garden projects is assisting me towards the patience needed when otherwise I would be chomping at the bit to clean up the dead and wasted plants right away.
A good (and fairly safe) starting place, however, was my patio container plants. This week they were all cleaned up with the same approach we use for a planting bed. Trim out the damage and cut back the perennials.
A couple of containers were replaced with some new chocolate glazed pottery. I poked around in the garden to dig up some plants to transfer to them. The chartruese colored bromeliads and sedum should be happy with lots of sunshine and low water usage. We're aiming for simpler times with the container arrangements.
The need to prune looms with certainty but, truthfully, there are so many things to keep me distracted from it until the recommended date.
Long before the well drilling began there were some winter/spring projects in my 2010 gardening visions.
With the extraordinary mess that was made of the yard and the veggie garden, as a result of drilling the water-well, it was decided that it was time to bring in some reinforcement.
This week I feel like I'm getting a grasp on a good plan and timeline for restoration.
Some hired muscles and machinery were in order.
The service we use to repair our irrigation system from time to time was hired to fix/relocate some of the sprinklers damaged from the big trucks doing there off-road thing in my lawn.
Even though I've not hired them to do landscaping before now they are a landscaping business as well as irrigation specialists.
Removing More Turf for Plants
Digging up the grass on the north side of the back lawn for a new planting bed is one of the projects I already had slated for January.
The well drilling started the process by default.
It was much easier (the alternative is me doing the digging) to pay these young fellows to finish the job.
And then there is more lawn that needs to be removed. Oh, the power of machinery versus my back!!! I'm a liberated girl.
Speaking of manpower! My best little man had the time of his life with mallet in hand and muscles pounding away. He helped me measure and drive stakes in the ground this week for another renovation project in the back gardens. Hammering stakes in the ground with a mallet makes for some hard sleep during afternoon naptime, too. I'll be setting up hammering stations just for the fun of it from now on. :-)
Stay tuned as we progress. It's going to take some time.
The hired hands will be back to help me get the veggie garden whipped back into shape.
We've loads left to do... but the inspiration to enjoy the journey is urging me along once again now that I can see my way clear to the end result.