My first weekend in the yard! On the glorious sunny Sunday, The Boy impressed me greatly by actually doing some garage-noodling despite not getting in till 3am from a friend’s stag party.
(I believe he assembled a router table, as well as blowing out a terrifying amount of drywall dust from the shopvac’s filter while I did a first pass at raking over the front lawn.)
I filled two of those brown paper yard waste bags with pine cones, pine needles and thatch. I still have the back yard to do, then probably a second pass over everything (since the yard is still looking pretty thatchy). I’m not trying to hint at The Boy here (seriously), but I’m starting to see the appeal of kids. (“You! You’re old enough to hold a rake! Hop to!“)
Anyway, it was nice to be out in the sunshine and feeling productive. I also raked over the patch of dirt where I want the first frame to go, so it’s semi-flat. I’ll need to get in there and pull up any new grasses, then break up the clumps and re-rake before putting the frame down, but that can probably wait until it’s actually warm enough for me to seed it. Looking at the space I have and the light balance, I’m coming up with some new ideas for how to lay it out over the next couple years, once I (hopefully) start expanding our veggie garden a little.
It’s an exciting sort of planning, externally quiet, but flappily happy under the surface. Just like spring!
On the veggie note, it seems that my earlier worries about my seedlings were unfounded. Over the weekend, some cucumbers and tomatoes popped up their heads, as well as one of the green beans, so I’m really just waiting on numbers here, and the peppers.
To make up for all this glorious growing goodness, however, the potted basil I bought a couple weeks ago (mostly because it was cheaper than buying the box of fresh basil stalks) appears to have kicked it for no notable reason:
So! In light of that, I’m hoping to start up the next egg carton with basil seeds, coriander (because I honestly just can’t get enough), probably some more rosemary, and more pepper seeds (just in case).
I’d like to plant more herbs, but I am still trying to keep things under control here. (Well, as much as you can use that expression when it is snowing outside, after the first weekend where some yardwork took place. Brrr.)