The weather has been more tolerable here, giving me a chance to get outside and work on designing my gardens. This year there is a lot of cleaning (removing dead stuff) as usual, but I also had some plants I wanted to move and a lot of mulch I wanted to spread. Getting mulch was the main goal this year. It is a great way to keep weeds down. We like to use what's called natural mulch. It is natural in color and from any kind of tree. You can usually find it for about $10 a yard (loader scoop). Since I need a lot of it, it is the most economical. It is also untreated, usually and that is important. Make sure you are getting an organic mulch not treated with herbicides. I wanted to put it around my strawberries, around my herb beds, and make a mulched area for my containers to sit on. Todd and I and the kids love working outside. He had some days off, so we spent them outside together, picking up sticks, digging and spreading mulch. Of course, I had to keep telling our youngest not to step on the plants, but for a toddler, he did pretty good. Mostly they had fun digging in some dirt and running around. We took lots of breaks for snacks and going potty, and tractor rides with Daddy, sometimes it was just me shoveling and pulling weeds, but, we worked off and on as a team, and I am so happy to say, I've got a head start on weeds this year in my strawberry patch. Wahoo!
Next order of business was moving the day lilies out of this bed. Remember I wanted to do that? Well, I am finally getting around to it. We've been planning this flower bed out, it is slowly coming together. See what it looks like in summer and read about the design plan here--------> Beautiful Flowers
My sister surprised me with a Limelight Hydrangea last fall for my birthday! I planted it right away and it is looking good with green buds starting (hard to see in picture). So, definitely time to remove the lilies so my hydrangea has plenty of space. It was not easy digging these out. The tuber roots are hardy and dense. I did save a couple clumps to transplant to another location. I just hate throwing plants away. In order to make sure it does not come back in this location I tried to remove all tubers. Todd finished digging them all out for me. I guess these are edible and taste like potatoes, but I'm not going to try that.
I also raked and weeded around the black-eyed-Susan, loosening up the ground and removing dead stuff. There . . . ready for a summer annual, and Todd's perennial ornamental grass that we are hoping to get this year.
We ended our spring gardening family time in the herb garden. Lots of dead stuff that needed to be pulled out and raked up. Careful when removing dead leaves and stems. The roots are still attached and can be damaged. Snapping them off is best, close to the bottom. We noticed our mint is starting to show new growth and the oregano. The chives were first, already green tuffs. I have cilantro that re-seeds and comes up every year, but not showing yet, and then Todd loves Basil so we usually plant that every year.
We will be needing more mulch to finish, but we sure got a good start this week on our gardening projects. It was fun spending time together. Now, to soak in a hot lavender bath. Whew, I am pooped!