I took advantage of a sunny, warm afternoon this week to finally get started on my garden for the year. I have been avoiding getting out there partly due to the weather, but also because I have been overwhelmed by the task before me (and partly because I'm a little bit lazy).
|How can I resist a macro ladybug shot?|
My youngest, our little monster, joined me and "helped." It would have probably been easier without her input, but I'm trying to encourage my girls and have them feel like they are a part of what we grow and eat.
|Pulling the wheelbarrow around for me is her job.|
|Despite initial trepidation, she liked getting dirty |
shaking the soil off the weed roots.
It was much needed, both for the garden and me. The weeds had taken over where I didn't mulch in the fall and it was a big job. The fresh air and natural vitamin D after a long winter with lots of sickness was wonderful.
|Our magnolia tree, which blooms three to five times a year.|
|My favourite spring flower, bleeding hearts.|
I cleaned out all the raised beds except for the kale, which is beginning to bolt. I can't decide whether to let it go to seed and save the seeds or take them out to make way for new plants and freeze the kale. Then I started to clean up the back of the yard where I grow raspberries and flowers. There is still much to do but I am holding off because my amazing neighbour is going to patch up our dilapidated back fence until we can afford to replace it. Then I cut the lawn, which was not fun (push mower for the first cutting of the season = hard work).
|I removed the mulch from the garlic bed. Looking good!|
|Still pretty rough looking - can you see the big hole in|
the fence in the right corner? I hope to plant wild flowers
this year for low maintenance and to encourage pollinators.
Next up, get some seedlings started indoors!