Waking Up The Gardenby Angie

22 Jan 2011
4:01 pm

My garden has been dormant for the last several months (as has the blog – sorry about that!), having been abandoned in the middle of the harvest season because of my surgery in October. From the surgery up until our Thanksgiving trip to Atlanta, I kept looking outside, meaning to get back out there, as soon as I felt “up to it.” Well, when we returned from Georgia, the frost had come and completely demolished what was left of my struggling plants. It was very demoralizing. I never even got up the gumption to winterize everything, so the backyard has looked awful all winter.

Finally, this week, I’m getting back in the groove. The weather has been gorgeous – hovering between mid-40s and mid-60s during the day, with lovely clear skies. I can hardly believe it’s January! Over the past few days, I’ve pulled down all the dead plants from last year, pruned and tied back my raspberries, thinned the strawberries, weeded the herb plot, built a compost container, and turned over the dirt in my garden strip along the fence. Whew! THIS is what it should have looked like all winter. Now, though, it’s time to set up some trellis lines, clean up the lawn, and get some peas, lettuce, spinach, and carrots in the ground!

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  1. Momma Hoffman
    5:25 PM on January 22nd, 2011

    Wow! It’s looking great, Angela! I do have a recommendation for your compost bin — which is to have the stakes on the outside so that they are easy to unattach for you to lift out the bin & set it in its second spot (which, in my yard, has another set of stakes). Then it’s really easy to attach the bin to the new spot & then just turn the pile into it so that it’s getting rotated on a regular basis.

  2. Andre
    4:09 PM on February 1st, 2011

    Okay, so I want to see pictures of the raspberries as well. Did the hybiscus make it through the winter?

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