Looking for me? I’ve been outdoors most of the time.
When you’re outdoors do you have to deal with ticks? NH is listed as the state with the highest record of Lyme disease due to the high tick population and that most people live near wooded areas. The county where we live has the highest tick population in the state. I do fine until I wander off the mowed areas to dump soil or weeds and then I run the risk of picking them up. I’ve found two so far this gardening season and consider myself lucky.
Spring is in the air, and the Iris are blooming. I know they are old fashioned, but, hey, I’m vintage myself. 🙂
We got a load of loam and compost mix to fill two of our stock tank planters. They were happy to see me when I walked in with my invasive jumping worm brochure and wanted them to explain to me how and where they got their compost. 🙂
Then we picked up the organic vegetable plants we had preordered and added them to the heirloom plants my daughter had started, and we got the beds planted.
Last week, I offered to help with container plantings at the UNH greenhouse. Twenty four containers, five students, two MGs, and one instructor – doesn’t sound too challenging except for the fact that the containers were almost as big as my kitchen table and required a dolly to move them.
We used eight plants per container, and one of those was a full-sized hanging basket if that gives you a visual. I kept chuckling at the mere size, and the way we filled them to the brim. I told our instructor that I couldn’t stay and needed to go home so I could redo all mine.
When we got done, as a gesture of thanks, he offered us any perennials that he had there because they were closing the greenhouse down for the summer. Free perennials to a MG – now there’s another good reason to have a truck.
Yesterday morning, I was out early setting a mailbox post. Remember the mailbox was taken out by the snowplow. I wish that driver had come to set that post. Digging two feet plus next to the road is a challenge. I went through sand, soil, rock, and then sand again. But, I hit the desired depth, we added the Quickrete and were in business. We bought a Gibraltar Mailbox post which will not require painting. It was pretty easy to assemble and so far are happy with the choice.
Today, I need to put the plants back in the bed that surrounds the mailbox, which is good sized, and then mulch it. We are expecting rain tomorrow so that will work in my favor.
I wish I had a door to share today, but the only doors I’ve seen lately are the ones leading to the truck or the potting shed in the barn.
So, what’s been keeping you busy this last week in May?
Norm will still have plenty of doors to ooh and ahh over, so check out his
Thursday Doors, May 31, 2018.