Apr. 8th, 2012

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So far I have not planted anything. I had wanted to get that done this weekend, and there is still time, but Pres Man pointed out that it might be a good time instead to put up the rest of the new ("new" even though we bought them forever ago) living room blinds. We have two left to do, so that's good. We'll get those finished this morning.

Yesterday we also went after more mulch because I never thought I got enough for what I wanted, and seeing the bags in our yard proved that I was correct. We also got some pond "pebbles" that are huge rocks, which I am going to put in the urns for drainage. And some nuts and washers so that I can hopefully use to make the drain stopper in the bathroom work. The stopper works great, if you reach under the sink and move the rod manually. It's not connected to the piece that comes up behind the faucet. I'm going to fix that.


Maybe when I get into another faucet mood, and I replace our kitchen faucet.

So many things to do, so little time.

Oh, we also got some weed & feed, which we'll hopefully be spreading today. I plan to cover the hostas with bags for that adventure, just in cases.

It should be perfect weather for working outside. Yay!
kauricat: (house)
The blinds are completely done! And we got a new sparkplug for the mower, which we hope will help it last another Summer.

I have dug three of the six holes that I need to do for the hostas. I have not mixed in any new soil, sphagnum or anything. It was very hard work to cut through the grass, which is apparently doing VERY WELL in those spots. And then Pres Man said later, "You're using that shovel?" Apparently our OTHER shovel would be better for my hole-digging, so when I go back out I will use that one. Either way, I also bought some files today for shovel-sharpening.

It's not sounding good outside; at first the mower sounded really happy to get a new sparkplug, but now it's sputtering and complaining. Maybe the older gentleman who just came over from across the street will fix it for us. I don't know;I think this foe may be beyond any of us. Cleaning the carburetor last year helped, but not enough. It may just be that our cheap Walmart push mower had a planned obsolescence of 8 years.

Poor Pres Man's allergies have really been getting him this weekend; then he went out and mowed. Poor sneeze-monster.

I need to get myself ready and go to Knitting. Probably there won't be a lot of us there because it's Easter, but it will probably be good for me to go anyway. Even though I am pretty tired.

Our nice lady across the street had her whole fam damily here for Easter, and that's part of why I'm reluctant to go out and dig holes for hostas. What if that older man comes over and gives me half an hour of helpful hints about that? I'd get to hear "You're using that shovel?" again. LOL

Maybe it's enough that we got the blinds replaced this weekend. Now they are all clean, they all match, they all have turning rods (one was missing it before), and they will not jump off the window when you're adjusting them (this is a danger with the cheaper blinds when they lose their plastic sliders; our new blinds don't attach that way).

Pres Man pointed out that there is a sign in our neighbor's yard asking for renters. I guess the people who were there were not our real neighbors? I don't know.

We have had a lot of birds in our yard today. The cardinal was here, lots of littler birds (finches I think), a bluejay, some grackles, the stupid pigeon, and even some robins.

I'm sure the robins heard that we have earthworms. I found four today, which was four more than I thought we had in the front yard. I also found a slug, who went on what may have been a permanent vacation to the sidewalk.

I really need to find my gardening gloves.
kauricat: (house)
The hostas are in the ground. The other shovel is THE BOMB DIGGITY (see what I did there? "Dig?").

I worked the soil some, mixed in the moss and garden soil (which was mainly decomposed wood/mulch, so more organic stuff for our clay), and carefully nestled each hosta into its new home. I watered them in and said goodnight. I hope they will be very happy.

Tomorrow I will plant the phlox. I had been planning to use the urns for that, but I recently remembered that it gets COLD here, and my phlox has a very good chance of freezing in an above-the-ground planter like that. So I may plant the phlox around the front of the hostas or around the base of the redbud and use the urns for their original geranium purpose. I do have white geraniums arriving in a week or two from that fundraiser.

So! Tomorrow will be phlox planting, mulching of the new flower beds (possibly with wet newspaper underneath, since I hear that helps), and then the front of our house should look a lot more respectable. Maybe we will also get the weed & feed on the yard.

Also, the painters should be working this week so that's awesome too. By the end of this week or next, it'll be like a whole new house! :)

I did not make it to Knitting, and while I missed seeing everyone I think it was better to get the plants in the ground. I'm a little worried about the hostas because they were so root bound. I hope they will loosen up and be happy now that they are in fresh dirt with room to breathe.

Gardening is a lot of work, but I have always wanted a place where I could decide what to do with the yard. I'm really hoping that in a few years, I'll have a yard that looks put together instead of like a messy accident.


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