knock-knock, anybody home?
Posting sure has been slow around here. Whachalldoin?
I've been trying to make myself physically active everyday in this colder weather. I lose strength and stamina so fast these days! Enough strength and stamina seems permanently gone that I cannot afford to lose more. I still have gardening things to do in winter and that seems more difficult than going for a walk at my best sustainable speed. So I alternate and also do some balance exercises and light weights.
On December 21, I mixed soil and compost to fill 90 2-liter soda bottles and 9 plastic pots. That was hard on my shoulders. I planted 148 peach seeds in these containers.
Finally cleaned the vines (including morning glory and bindweed) off my beloved cylindrical tomato cages. Got half of them piled in a pyramid and half of them under the grape arbor. Need to combine them all into a pyramid so I can clean under the arbor which has a concrete flooring. The mint that grows there still smells nice. Well, it did on tomato cage cleaning day. Since we've had 17F, I imagine the mint is gone for the season.
Stuffed some dahlia tubers and mandevilla roots in the basement. My garden bud told me at least three weeks ago that the dahlias won't survive the way I treated them. Well, he knows dahlias, so I'll see if I can do it properly. It comes down to I thought they'd want dry storage. He says they want moist storage.
You know what I meed to learn this winter? How to really sharpen a blade! My husband and all his family --including my own son-- are very particular about blades being sharp and I've always been lazy about it. But a sharp blade makes such a difference. I need to learn how to sharpen things better.
Oh here's something that amuses me: bird poop and dry leaves. We've got viburnum privacy hedges on the sides of our patio. These viburnums do not lose their leaves all at once. Little finches and wrens love these hedges this year more than ever. So I keep going out to rake up the fallen leaves and there is so much bird poop in with them. Probably a pretty nice balance of "greens" and "browns". At first I put this stuff where cabbages have grown, then I began putting it where next year I'll have spring peas. I think it is kind of cool how this concentration of fertilizer has been attracted to the garden with no intention on my part. Aren't I just lucky?...In the front yard, two mourning doves have a night roost in an oak tree. Their poop is piling up in a dinner plate size. I 'll leave it there at least until I see whether it melts snow. (Just curious.) Then I might just rake it around the tree a little more evenly. I don't know--I probably won't do that. It's not any kind of priority.
So you all? What are you up to?