Come for my bird feeders now!!!
Come for my bird feeders now!!!
I started cleaning off my raised garden beds last night for a new planting season. Most of the dried up leaves from last Fall and a wee bit of trash that managed to find its way into the beds was raked up and thrown into a lawn refuse bag. The top layer of dirt (yeh, I know someone who shall remain nameless says it’s “soil”) is a nice black in color which should absorb the warm of the sun and the UV rays to help thaw them out quite a bit. It will be great to get a couple bags of cow manure and till that into the beds for planting. I’ll get a laugh later on from the gummys when they find out what I added to the beds; assuming that they are still interested in gardening. They are getting older and what used to interest them is starting to fade for new interests.
I tested the three beds that I want to move around just to see if they were anywhere closed to being ready to be moved. They’re not which took care of that question for now. I’m sure that even if I attempted to dig new footing holes I would only find the frost line not too far from the surface. Slow and steady wins the race for right now. The strawberry bed is looking good and that’s enough for now. The rest will just have to wait until maybe the middle of next month. I know that sounds strange to others whose gardens are already well on their way but this is what we deal with up here on “The Frozen Tundra”.
I cleaned out the pad behind the shed to get that reorganized for a new year and I wish I could flip the rain barrel over. It’s a wee bit too early for that even tho I’m anxious to start that now. I cleaned out the large gas BBQ grill and discovered a field mouse made their home in it over this past winter. There were no mouses in it and the grass clippings, feathers and leaves it had gathered up to make a nest got dumped out as well. I have some thoughts as far as keeping it goes but the cast iron grills are shot as were the flame deflectors and they found their way into the recycle bin. I can power wash it later on, repaint parts of it and order new parts just in case. I’ll put some moth balls in it next Fall when I store it for the winter.
My Honda power warsher was a tad stubborn but it gave way and started with a cloud of blue smoke from old gas and oil. I was rather pleased with myself to get it to start considering I haven’t been able to use it for over three years now. I was assuming that it would be as stubborn as hell with me and I’d end up having to find a Honda repair shop to take it to for repairs. That’s still a good idea but it can wait a tad now until the summer season when sanity has hopefully returned to us once again.
That’s about it for now other than noticing that some of my favorite birds are migrating north once again. My trees look like they want to start budding for a new Spring which hopefully makes the sweet smell of crab apple blossoms will return some time soon. Maybe our “new normal” will be returning soon to a closer image of our “usual normal”.
I wonder if ducks have a memory of where they were born or if they just follow a flock? I wonder if this little hen Mallard was one of my three ducks that I turned over to rescue a couple years ago? I haven’t noticed a band on its leg but then again I haven’t looked that close. I’ll have to use my Nikon to see if I can zoom in to check it out but she did walk right up to the mulch line outside my window and looked at me. She was so unafraid when she did it. Maybe she just wanted to pose for a few pics is all.