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All of my friends (with the exception of Mel) are outside working in, or at least cleaning up their gardens.

Mine are still under about 4" of snow.  Along with all of the back yard.  Not counting the Eloise-high piles at the bottom of the driveway.




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Mar. 17th, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
My raised bed is under two feet of snow...but I DID get to make my veggie garden list (finished it ten minutes ago). Now I just have to pare it down to what will actually FIT and then have the plants set aside in larger containers so that they can grow extra big before being planted out. (You need to cheat in this nasty frigid zone...headstarts are vital if you want to get any tomatoes before frost starts to threaten at night.)

And it was a bit chilly even though I was going slowly on Putter (my gifted hybrid) but I also got to go for a ten or fifteen minute bike ride. Most of the road was clear and it's above zero and there is a leeeeeetle bit of sun. So I'm not complaining, today :)
Mar. 17th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
I'm told it's lovely outside. In about 20 minutes I'll know for myself. Not really complaining - just jealous.

I should be planning my gardens, but I'm just a bit baffled. My goal for the summer is to plan what bulbs I want to plant this fall - and to plant one rosebush.
Mar. 17th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
Ah, another unforseen drawback to trees. I'm betting you'll still like them in August when everyone else is sweating in full sun.

Under our backyard pines, we've got snow -- and out front where we heaped everything up -- but the rest is down to debris. And a ton of it too, because the people next door regularly overfill their trash can so it blows around. (How can 3 people make that much garbage anyway!? Rob&V&I don't fill ours if we skip a week or two! And they're using the recycle bin as well!)

I can't decide if we're going to lose the "good part" of the rhododendron to snow damage or not...I do wish the butt-ugly pine-ish suburban life forms had gotten bent over instead!
Mar. 17th, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
No, it's melted off under most of the trees. It's the yard and gardens that are holding it.

The middle of the pretty azalea broke under snow load. Hopefully it will fill in. The nasty, scraggly rhododendron is fine, of course. I think I'm going to chop that down and yank it out this year.
Mar. 18th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
If you chop the rhododendron down to 1 foot off the ground now, it may well fill in and become a pretty rhododendron within a couple of years. You won't get blooms this year, but you'd get growth.

Of course, if you don't like rhodies, yank it. ;)
Mar. 18th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
You can come over and play in our garden. We've got snow drops and a few crocuses peeking up, too.

I just went into the back yard for the first time this year and dumped the compost into the raised bed. We have a ground squirrel in there. Gotta kill it.

The bush under the kitchen window is squashed. The rest of the shrubbery seems OK.
Mar. 20th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
I have no snow. I do have lots of .... things. The snow is prettier.

There's a whole back slope with about a six foot drop over about 6 feet that is covered in weedy six foot high bushy stuffs with purple berries which died off over the winter. I'd like to get rid of them by next year. As well as the front hedge, which doesn't do much except make it hard to see what's coming down the road as you back out. (It desperately needs trimming too, but I'd rather have a picket fence, or nothing at all.) Ditto for the first panel of the privacy fence, the one that wasn't put up right, so all the posts are leaning in opposite directions. At least for garden plots I'm using the community garden again, so I don't have to worry about that. But I should think about starting seedlings. Time to get out the graph paper. I have to find out when the best time to do new lawn is, so we can rent a rototiller and dig up everthing, since there are a lot of odd dips and dents, and now the ruts from the U-Haul.

I suspect most of this will end up as next year's projects.
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