Spring is in full swing here on our little farm,so that means lots of out of doors work,…mowing ,weed whacking ,weed pulling,and mulching. Of course, it also means… sore muscles, blisters on your hands even with gloves on, farmers tan ,and ant bites.
However when it’s all done ,it’s so worth it! Here’s the big flowerbed almost done.
We’ve had a real problem with predators wanting to get the chickens and ducks lately. Sad to say a pair of skunks got into the young ducks,eating three leaving me two😡…
Caroline took care of the hawk that got into the chicken pen…. no one messes with her chickens. She watches out for them even sleeping at the chicken pen gate. Caroline did try to get the skunks ,bless her for trying but the spray was to overwhelming.
“..is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas.”
– Elizabeth Murray
Beautiful lines but what it doesn’t tell you of all the back aches ,sore fingers ,ant bites and an endless amount of weeds that come with this art. So why do I have flowerbeds and a little garden? A finished flowerbed and a healthy little garden gives me much satisfaction when completed. Let me show you were I have spent many an hour the last week.
Before tacking the flowerbed,here’s a before….
Weeds and lots of pruning needed to be done. Here is how far I’ve gotten on this flowerbed…
The white stuff is shredded paper I like to put in under the mulch it helps keep the ground cooler in the summer when the days are very warm.
I’m about half way done,the other half still looks like this.
I also have all the limbs and old leaves cleaned up from under the pecan trees so that it can be mowed. There’s also a Pileated woodpecker that visited me out there looking for the last few pecans to be found.
Lots of little piles burning the debris
Then a raised garden was made.. we don’t need a large garden anymore with just a few of us here at home. So my son Mike found some old railroad ties for me,and it work out perfect!
It is now ready to be planted… that’s on next weeks list.🙂
Now for a show and tell of the flowers blooming around me….
Also the azaleas will be ready to prune next week as they are starting to drop their blooms.
So no sewing here for a bit… the weather is just to nice outdoors.