Our winter was a rough one on our foundation plants and our 15 year old Japanese Maple didn’t survive. We knew when it was planted its existence would be iffy as this is zone 4 and this species needs zone 5 . There is new growth coming up from the tree’s trunk base so maybe we can eventually end up with a Japanese Maple bush.. There was a lot of winter kill. Pruning dead branches from bushes was needed and Natureman would need to chainsaw two of the three 5 foot burning bushes without new growth…
As if our Organic Valley farmers haven’t been suffering enough from the past flooding, now they are fearing not being able to get their crops in in time. Natureman has been putting in long days in our small ~ 30′ x 50′ vegetable garden plot waiting for it to dry so he could rototill. It had been been too muddy so it took a while before he could till the garden three times. He has made a lot of progress planting potatoes and peas first followed by cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, potatoes, lettuce, carrot , chard, radishes, zucchini, butternut, acorn, delicata, and spaghetti squash, corn, peppers, eggplant, beans, cucumbers, dill and basil. Then, spreading the mulch time. All very time consuming.
Saturday was one of our first low humid non rainy days but the weeding in the flower bed had to be postponed since I had a family wedding brunch to attend in the Twin Cities. We haven’t had many nice days lately and the rains have really created a jungle for me since I was also down South for a week .
Wouldn’t you know the weeds kept growing while I was away? Once I could get in the flower garden upon my return, the bugs including pesty no see-ums and newly hatched deer flies were voracious. They love me and it’s not mutual.
Fortunately, Sunday’s breeze and sunshine allowed some serious weeding to fill an overflowing second cart. There is still so much more to do but I am starting to see the difference.
What’s really needed is at least a week without all these predicted rainy days!