Sunday, March 28, 2010

Jobs for the weekend


Before working, I was  inspired to take a few additional shots of some of the many trees and and plants currently in bloom over the weekend. Shown here are top left to right, Pear Blossoms, Royal Star Magnolia, and Peach Blossoms.

I did some general maintenance around the house and garden in preparation for gardening season. I spread a fresh layer of landscape fabric around my raised beds, and covered it with pine straw. Fourteen bales was only enough to supply about 1/2 of the area between the beds, so I plan to finish it one afternoon this week. Back in the garden, the lettuce and mesclun bed seem to be doing very well,  and we cut our first bunch of asparagus over the weekend.  With a small rain front working it's way through, I decided I would try and get a few more things planted in the garden, and put out some carrots, radishes, and beets

I added 5 bags of Miracle Grow Garden Soil to the rose beds outside of the potting shed, and turned it into the top 8 inches of soil.  These beds contain several varieties of my favorite David Austin Roses, and are already looking very good this season. I treated them with a Bayer Systemic 2 in 1 preventative. This is the first time I've tried this product, and I'm hopeful that it will help with some of the mid-season black spot I seem to get each year. I also planted a few new rose bushes, (robin hood, buff beauty, and a souvenir de la malmaison) purchased from Petals from the past, the Antique Rose Emporium. Both arrived quickly, were very well packed and seemed to be in good health. I was inspired to plant a few of the Robin Hood roses after seeing these on the "dirt therapy" blog. 

Finally, I planted a few more Autumn ferns in the back yard shade bed. Those already planted in this same bed are now on their 3 year, and did very well over the winter.

A few more shots at the end of the day.

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