Do you have a favorite smell of Spring?
Mine is the scent of Lilacs.
I just love the look of these flowers. In my yard I have three different kinds of Lilac bushes. White , dark purple, and the kind that are above in the photo.
I wished I could remember all the Latin names for them. I do know what I like and how they look though.
I had a bunch of off shoots that I dug up a few Weeks ago. I’m hoping in about 5 years I will have two areas in my yard that will be in full bloom this time of year. The house will be chuck full of cut Lilacs.
In this part of New England you can drive along any old dirt or paved road and see rows upon rows of Lilac bushes. If you see an old farm house, you can be sure there is Lilac bush near by. When I was younger my mother & I use to go around and cut Lilacs from old abandoned properties. One place we use to go to, the Lilac bushes were really full and tall. Unfortunately that farm house got torn down to make room for a gas Station.
As I write this, I realize that anyone living south of us has already had the treat, of seeing these bloom this year. For us it is a welcome treat from a long , long, cold Winter.
Hope your enjoying your Spring and smelling the flowers.
Good Evening Everyone. I hope you are enjoying your spring. I’m enjoying the rain that is watering all the plants and trees that I planted this weekend and Monday.
We divided my Raspberry bushes and got 33 canes out of it. The goal is to put up posts at each end of the Raspberry rows. Then we will run wire for the Raspberries to grow on. We also moved the fruit trees. I hope they survive through the Summer. Someday I’d like our property to be a pick-your -own farm. (Might not happen because we live in a Development.)
This property in it’s former life was a gravel pit.
Here in the North East, the rule is not to plant until Memorial Day. We do have some things we can plant now that are frost hardy. We have gotten snow in May before, so it’s best to be cautious.
Peas are one of those harder crops. An old saying is planting Peas on Patriots day brings picking of Peas on 4th of July.
We envy the longer growing season of the southern states but we don’t think we could ever leave this property. (We are blessed with all kinds of wild life from the Marsh behind our house.) In the fall we hope to build a couple Hot Houses to extend the growing season. We know of some farms in Maine that are getting crops in December.
We finally got to use compost that was broken down. It came from mulch that we had put in the compost pile 5 years ago. We know how to make good compost but we are not very good at doing the things to make it good.
A mixture of greens and brown yard waste. Green being grass clippings, deadhead plants, veggie scraps.
Brown is your raked leaves, egg shells, coffee grounds.
Start mixture with a bag of already composted soil, and water.
Mix the compost pile often (something we forget to do.) A pitch fork works well. You can also use composted Manure to start you compost.
Make sure that your pile is in a sunny area. Try and wet it once a week or more often in dryer times.
This Spring we are going to try and add worms. We are hoping that it will break it down faster.
I would love to hear your composting ideas and how you reuse yard waste to enrich your gardens.
It’s great when you can raise your food with compost that you made from previously raised food waste.
I WANT TO WISH EVERYONE A HAPPY SPRING!!!!!!!!!!!
To celebrate I raked out my gardens that didn’t have any white stuff on them, started my seeds inside, and bought pretty pink Tulips.
Pretty flowers always brightens the day.
Can’t wait to see them grow.
Soaking up the sun. These will have to come in. I need to get lights so they will grow properly. In our region the safest time to put plants out is after Memorial Day. We have had snow in the past on Mother’s day. Enjoying the sun and warmth for now. Yeh!
Small signs of Spring. Looking forward to seeing my Daffodils!