There’s so much to do!

At this point in spring, my body is racing back and forth in a frantic fury trying to get all the garden chores done before it gets too hot.  And there is so much I want to show you!

Right now my flower beds can be described in one word.

Pitiful.  I really didn’t want to show you this but, you have to take the good with the bad, and this will motivate me to get this bed cleaned out.

flower bed with weeds

I have never seen so many weeds in my flower beds this year.  We’ve  had a cool, wet spring and that must be what they love.  This is the site of my butterfly garden.  I have 4 different varieties of milkweed in this bed for the monarchs.   I am slowly eradicating this weedy bed  by hand (well, mostly by shovel).  This does create a bit more work for me but, by not using herbicides, I am creating a  pollinator friendly home for the bees and butterflies that feast in my garden.

monarch and aster

My vegetable garden is looking pretty good right now.  I am off work this week, so I should have time to get it planted.  That is if it ever warms up!  Our low tonight is going to be 30. Grrr…..

Instead of a no-till garden I do more of a minimum-till garden.  I use the big tiller to break up the winter wheat I plant for a cover crop and then use a smaller tiller at planting time.

This year my smaller tiller would not start.  Allen diagnosed it as a clogged carburetor, so now it is sitting in the barn waiting to be fixed.  In the meantime, I must have something to loosen the soil so I can plant.  I remembered a tool my grandmother used years ago to help with this chore.  The great thing about this plow (now they are called high wheel cultivators) is that if I’m able to push it, it works!  I forgot what a work-out these things are.

plow

no clogged carburetor here

onions

works every time

After I plant, I like to mulch well because I don’t till my garden again until the fall.  My office shreds paper daily and they are nice enough to bag it for me.  I spread the shredded paper next to where I plant

onions, mulch, paper onions, mulch, paper

and then cover up the paper with straw.

onions mulch straw onions mulch straw

Next, I went to the greenhouse to plant some pots.  Daisy was waiting for me.   Actually, I’m sure she was hoping I wouldn’t see her.

daisy2

I found this rusty teapot at our recycling center for $3.  I planted it with a sedum and some hen and chicks.

rusty pot, sedum

This is one of my favorite pots.

down under pot

It is a Down Under Pot and this is how it works.

First, place something to cover the hole in the top.  I used a worn out piece of coco liner.

down under pot down under pot

Next, turn the pot over and start filling with potting soil

down under pot down under pot

Plant with flowers like begonias or impatiens or foliage plants such as coleus.  I have always planted mine with white impatiens.

down under pot

Keep in this position for 2 weeks to allow the roots to develop.  Then flip it over and hang.  The flowers will gradually climb up the pot creating a very unique display.

impatiens, down under pot

The chickens are growing quickly and are slowly adapting to their new house.  They are not so sure about the outside world yet.

chickens3 chickens2

Have a good day!

Brenda

p.s.  My aunt and I are headed south to a crazy, mish mash nursery today to see how many plants will fit in my SUV.  Good times!

About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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11 Responses to There’s so much to do!

  1. Holleygarden says:

    Pitiful! When I read that word, it was such a surprise! I just knew you were going to say beautiful, glorious, or some other such word. But pitiful is how I feel about my garden almost every year, and at almost every time of the year! There is SO much to get done now, and I never seem to be able to do it in a timely manner (meaning, I’m out there huffing and puffing in hot weather, still weeding and mulching!). I think we all hide our weeds from camera’s view! I love the down-under pot!

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  2. Awesome! Loved the blog. 🙂

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  3. Don’t worry about your butterfly bed. The milkweed comes up late but when it is up your bed will look good. Enjoy your garden center outing!

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  4. I need to shred some paper for mulch. I have many months of paper saved up for this specific purpose, I just always forget about it. Since it’s cool out today and I can do much, I think I’ll work on that. Thanks for the reminder!

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  5. I keep thinking the same thing…so much to do and so little time.

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  6. I’m trying to beat the heat, too. Loved the $3 rusty tea pot. I don’t know of anywhere in my neck of the woods that I could find something like that.

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