Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunny Sunday in the Garden!

Finally. A full day to work in my own gardens! And the weather was PERFECT! Cool and clear in the morning and sunny and warm in the afternoon. I was in the garden by 9 and came in about half an hour ago – giving me almost 11 hours to start the fall clean up and move things around some more! Yesterday, I got a head start and moved and leveled the veggie boxes in their new location close in the front walk garden.

This morning, I moved the soil from the old location and to re-fill the boxes, adding a few buckets of chicken manure for good measure. Then, I set two concrete squares into the configuration so Elmer and the herb pot would each have a level “summer home.” I had a few pots of ornamental allium looking for a home, so I stuck them in as a border. I’m happy with the result. I think it will be much handier to have the veggies closer to the house, and in a location where they’ll get more sun. Monty the wonder dog says he approves, too.

My next project was to dig up the peony bed. My neighbor wanted to give me some of the plants from her garden that had originally come from her mother’s garden. And, the only place I could think to put them was in the peony bed. I left the peonies and dug everything else – lamb’s ear, artemesia silver mound, pasque flower, knautia Macedonia, geranium sanguinium – out. I then found them homes in other gardens and then went next door to dig out the sedum, roses, and peonies. (Night time photo, sorry.)

There’s still a bit left to do, but I’m happy with today’s progress.


Anonymous said...

I need to be a little more like you this week. Gotta get out there.

Marguerite said...

So much you got done! how wonderful. I would say the only complaint we've had about our veggie boxes is how far away they are from the house. Good choice that you moved yours closer.

Auntie K said...

Donna; After the rain and cold weather we had last week, I didn't want to put anything off! I was so tired when I came in, but I forced myself to stay out until I'd finished the peony bed!

Marguerite; Thank you for the confirmation on moving the boxes. They did okay the first year out back, but really languished this year. I know they'll get more time and attention in their new location, which, hopefully will mean better crops for me!

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