Garden Work III

Done, well mostly anyway. Today I dug up the remaining few chunks of sod, raked it out and put in seed. The seed didn’t go as far as I thought, so I ordered more and will be here tomorrow. I also put up the netting for the Morning Glories that will be along the brick wall. From a short distance, the netting can’t be seen with the exception of a little where it covers the windows.


Netting on brick wall

Netting on brick wall

Garden Work II

Almost there, almost. I only have a few squares of sod to go, I just couldn’t finish it today, though I did get the willows transplanted. I’m saving the sod strips and squares for another project. I plan, hopefully, put them down outside the back door where all there is some gravel and stuff, though I have to wait for that until the snow melts back there, not much sun.
Anyway, this project should be done tomorrow, including seeding of the wildflowers.

Garden Work

I’ve been digging, digging a lot. I’m in the process of digging up sod in a smallish area next to the garage. I hate having to pull out the push mower just for this one area, so I’m removing the sod and going to plant wildflower seeds. That has been a hard enough job, but I also have to move three pussy willow plants that keep getting eaten by deer, rabbits and they get hammered by the snow sliding off the roof. So, to move those willows to where I want them, I needed to remove two Rose bushes, I don’t care for them in that location and there is already a rose hedge. Removing the roses was a real trick, I had to use a tow strap and the lawn tractor to pull the fuckers out.
Anyway, I have a little more that half the sod dug up and two of the willows (not sure yet where to place the third one) transplanted. I’m fucking beat!

Area of sod removal

Area of sod removal

Pulling the rose bushes out

Pulling the rose bushes out

Pulling the rose bushes out

Warm Spring Hike Along The Slate River

Was a nice day for a hike in one of my favorite areas, the Slate River near Quartzite Falls and a number of other falls up stream, including one of my favorite spots of all, Grand Staircase Falls.
I drove up Arvon Rd. to All Wood Rd, crossed the bridge and parked. I started off checking out Quartzite Falls, but it was still mostly frozen over still, so I hiked back up to the road and started heading up stream, this was my original plan anyway.
I followed a deer path knowing it would be packed down. Every time I happen to step off that path, I sank in the snow past my knee. Then as I rounded a bend in the river, there it was, my spot, Grand Staircase Falls. Took off my gear, took some photos and just relaxed.

Grand Staircase Falls – Slate River

Quartzite Falls is still mostly frozen over

Along the Slate River

My Hiking Path along the Slate River

Roads can be muddy this time of year

Yard Work

10:30 AM and a sunny warm 51°F and rising fast.
I have half my yard work done and hauled to the burn pile. Trying to do as much as I can in the open non-snowy spots. I have to roll it down early before the snow gets too soft to pull the cart over it, as the snow can still be close to 2 feet deep in areas.

Update 3:15 PM – Well, I got quite a bit done today, on a day I didn’t know what I was going to do. I got an area that needed weeding and cleaning since moving here, the pile from earlier, and raked up some sections of the back yard that didn’t have snow but did have quite a bit ( a winter’s worth) of dog shit and bird seed shells. I even got the lawn tractor out to cut down some weeds in the earlier spot that needed cleaning up.
Not much more I can do at this point in time, too much snow on the ground. Either way, was a pretty productive day and I feel good about it. Tomorrow I think I’ll go check out a waterfall or two.

Path down to burn pile

Snow depth of 22.5″ at the burn pile