What Has Been Going On In My World?!

It has been over 100 days since my last post! There are many reasons for not posting.  One was I just didn’t have much to say other than the same-o same-o!  How many times can I talk about chickens doing what chickens do?  How many chicken pics can I post?  It just seemed so boring – not that I’m complaining.  The summer days falling into a familiar routine with no big shake ups is a good thing.  It just doesn’t make for interesting writing.

Plus I was sorta busy.

Here is an update on some of the goings-on. 

We added to our family!

  

New grandson Max, born on July 3rd. 

The bunny proof fence got built, the vegetable garden thrived and the bunnies got revenge by eating most of my flowers instead. 

 

  Next year flowers go in with the vegetables!

The perennials I transplanted to make room for the asparagus bed did ok but really need another year to get established.  I put coffee cans around my new milkweed and other plants in the flower beds to keep the bunnies from decimating them. Clever gal, aren’t I?

  

  

The asparagus bed is doing well with the beautiful fern like leaves looking so pretty and healthy. 

  

(Please excuse the weeds)

 I could have saved myself a ton of work though – I have discovered the ultimate easy and BEST way to put in an asparagus bed.  Forget digging trenches and planting crowns.  Less than a third of them even came up after all our effort.  My local garden center had potted up asparagus plants and I just popped them in the bare spots.  How super easy. I wish I had just used them from the start.

If you are going to put in an asparagus bed I suggest buying potted asparagus plants, digging a larger than needed hole, amending the soil with bone meal, and compost, and plunking in your plants. Pricier at first but not really because you save a ton of back breaking labor and unlike the crowns the potted plants are a sure thing.  Take my word!

Milkweed popped up all through the asparagus bed since that is where it had originally been planted (remember  I moved the butterfly garden to make way for the asparagus).  I didn’t have the heart to yank it since the new butterfly garden is not yet well established.  Next year I will tidy it all up.

  

The doggie poop area is working out well. Weeds popped through on the perimeter so next year I will put in some groundcover plants to block the weeds and give it a nice ‘rock garden’ look. It doesn’t smell unless we don’t pick up the poops for many days. (That only happened when we were away).

  

One noteworthy thing to add:

I did what for a gardener is unthinkable.

I WENT AWAY IN AUGUST!

No gardener in their right mind goes away during harvest time but I had an oh-so-good reason.

It was to watch this gal compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics!

  

My granddaughter Haley competed in Womens’ Freestyle Wrestling.  It was a once in a lifetime experience  and I will devote my next post to telling all about the trip.

  

Things were not too bad garden wise when we got back and I am slowly but surely harvesting, weeding and putting things right.

  

What has been going on in your world?

 

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