It’s gardening season, that’s for sure.
Last Saturday, I worked at a Master Gardener project with my friend, Sue, where we were trying to bring back four small kitchen gardens at the Colonel Paul Wentworth House.
The previous Wednesday morning I spent time with a skilled MG identifying and labeling some of the plants already there, and Thursday I traveled to a MG friend’s 400 acre property to dig additional plants.
On Saturday, there were seven of us. We could have used a few more, but not everyone wants to work that hard especially on a weekend.
We used shovels and forks to dig out the weeds, and if I never see another Rose Campion plant it will be okay because I think I personally must have adiosed a hundred of them. 🙂
We left the beds in much better shape than we found them, but their committees still need to decide on final plants, mulch or no mulch, and covering or no covering for the pathways between the beds.
What happens while they decide these things at monthly committee meetings? Mother Nature reaches out and attempts to take those beds back if they’re not careful.
Working on a new MG project is always exciting, at least for a gardening nerd, but I also have to walk away and know that short of showing up every week to weed and water, we have to hope that their volunteers will maintain it.
This week I’m back to regularly scheduled home gardening and a trip to the nursing home with Sue to plant some additional perennials. This will be a much lighter week, and that’s okay because we’ll also have time to stop for coffee.
Hope your gardening efforts are going well. I planted our 42″ tall grape vines yesterday but enclosed them in pop up tomato accelerators and row cover material for a few days to get them acclimated to the outdoors. They had truly outgrown their spot in front of the window on the porch and needed to be in the ground. Three more weeks, and I get to take the flats of tomatoes to our MG plant sale. I must admit I’m looking forward to moving all gardening efforts outside and reclaiming our porch for relaxing. 🙂
Have a great first week in May!