Friday, September 28, 2012
Another beautiful sunny day .. and a busy one!
First thing, I loaded up quite a few, maybe 7 …paper yard bags, full to the brim with branch cuttings and weeds gathered from the past few weeks. Even had one in the passenger seat .. didn’t want to leave any at home! And soon I’d arrived at the local municipal yard and emptied their contents into one of the large bins there. Next step, they will all be shredded and composted.
Back home, felt great that I’d actually accomplished something, early in the morning! Soon, outside and digging away. Happy with the way the re-shaping of the back yard is going .. in particular, the veggie garden.
I’ve been digging up a small mountain of mulched material from last fall .. a mix of alpaca manure, spent hops, spoiled hay and oak leaves. Nearly a year later and this mixture has resulted in the most loveliest of soil! So I’ve been placing this around the newly created “berry forest”!
I had a good growth of perennials against the back fence and had a wood chip path extending in front of that. Decided to ditch the path and just add more soil and then create a little jungle .. composed of an intermixing of blueberries, raspberries, some thornless blackberries, some bamboo and a few other plants.
And I just love this. No point posting pictures yet .. not much to see .. but I can feel the difference and will post pics next summer.
These changes are giving a different feel to this area of the yard. A richness of plantings. Really amazing how many plants I’ve dug up and moved around.
And surprised at how the Chickadees have taken notice of the changes. I’ve seen them flitting about, sitting on the branches of the plants as they are now in their new locations. Quite nice to see!
After this little jungle .. then .. I am placing the garlic beds! They will sit in full sun and a perfect place for them.
Looked at my zucchini, squash and tomato plants .. these are still growing in what will soon be .. the garlic bed! Almost dug them up tonight, but decided to give them another week and then .. kerpow!
Spent a fair chunk of time looking up at the sky today .. as I happened to notice the Turkey Vultures soaring overhead. They soared yesterday .. and I know they are getting ready to migrate south. It’s just a matter of days. In the meantime, though, I cannot tear myself away from the grandeur that is high above me. Their majestic soaring compels me to watch. I was able to take some photos .. they might just look like dots in the sky, but they represent the power and majesty of nature, which far surpasses what happens down below, on terra firma.
How lucky I am to spend as much time as I like, just gazing upwards, looking through the binoculars at these huge birds. And then taking the time to create new areas in the garden.
Very lucky, indeed.