Looks like mother nature finally turned the dial to the right station – and now the volume has really kicked up! I was biding my time for nice weather – now I just need to keep my eyes open – it seems like it’s gone in a blink.
I’ve gotten all the detritus cleared – branches from winter damage cut up, spread out, mulch layered over top, new and existing berms built up. I also did the most dormant pruning ever, and everything’s looking much cleaner end healthier – the full results will be seen in a month or two. I’ve got the major landscaping and have two years of gardening here, three if you count the first year of mostly renovation and prep; I’m starting to get into the swing of things.
Speaking of berms and branches, I got to internetting as I do and on my tangents I learned about hedgerows as well as its place in the permaculture landscape. I then learned of hedge laying – and found there’s even competitions! This is amazing and hilarious at the same time: https://youtu.be/aHMpY5LBHxU.
As a result of all this, I’ve decided one of my gardening “bucket list” goals will be to create my own espalier fence – I’m thinking Pollard style. I have two fruit trees in a large planter box – this might be the way to go. Molding plants in such a way is akin to Bonsai – it’s definitely a whole new paradigm to try.
Chore wise, I’ve been rushing to finish my mini greenhouses. They function. But they aren’t pretty. They are in fact ugly, but I’ll be fixing that soon. I’ve already got the following, and more in there:
Additionally, I’ve started borage, asclepius, Parisian larkspur, cinnamon basil, and… well I can’t remember. But I’ve got lots. The greenhouses are working – kale and carrot have germinated.
As an aside, I also cold stratified several conifers in the shed, and planted them yesterday: subalpine fir (found on a hike last year), arborvitae, dawn redwood, and sequoia. I like to do tiohese sort of as experiments, and I find myself tossing them around in nooks and crannies in the beds (in their pot) hidden away for a future surprise.
Speaking of surprises, my ginger root is bodacious- it’s wrapped all around the pot. This is a bit old, I got it repotted now.
I did a bit of weeding while I was putting down early layer of mulch – and pulled up dandelion root from over winter. These suckers are fat, so I made tea with them – suddenly weeds are useful!
Among others, giant hyssop has overgrown its pot.
Outside, things are clearly waking up quickly. Here, this sorbaria sorbifolia stretches.
I have a section of the yard where random pots of not that important things can be found. Many things I overwinter or perhaps might be invasive, or were planted as seed or cutting and are mostly considered dice throw. Often times trimming plants and sticking them into the ground as bundles, you might find something fun. Case in point, I found a hugle root mass attached to these cherry laurel bundles. I also got more red willow cuttings.
While it’s a self inflicted wound, there’s still so much to do. Onward and upward!