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technically speaking, can April go out like a lion?

Friday, April 30th, 2010

So here it is the last day of April. And I’m pretty sure the weather is trying to imitate March. We had wind gusts over 35mph the last two days, and here was the scene when I got home from work yesterday.

fence in yard fell down

Fence down! Fence down! Help! Help! -- That was pretty much my frantic text to Craig
when I saw the mess.

Thankfully he managed to do some sort of crazy fence support screw-in voodoo post sawhorse middle beam triage thingy to get it back up. I have no idea. It’s standing again. Good enough for me.

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taking stock of april

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

I am continually in a daze, trying to remember what month it is. Of course it is April. But my allergies arrived so early this year, I feel like it must be May. And for much of the month the weather was so warm, it felt like June. But right now it is rather chilly (the heat is on!) and parts of NH are supposed to receive 10″ of snow overnight, so it could be February.

Ah, the fickleness and wonderment of Spring.

This month has been a time of deep reflection for me, as I think about where I am, what I want to accomplish this summer, and what might be in store for me next year at this time. I have felt particularly insular in a self-protective, nesty way. I am brainstorming more ways to treat my body well, whether it is eating, sleeping, running, laughing, relaxing. I am very good at pushing my body to the limits, and not always in the healthiest of ways. When my allergies are rockin’ I am particularly aware of this.

In addition, I find myself really studying and observing the things growing around me, perhaps in an attempt to find reassurance and nudge myself along.

tulip

tulip

This tulip is new this year. Did the previous owners plant it? I have never seen it in the garden before, but it is a welcome surprise.

lilly of the valley

Lilly of the valley

maple leaves

Our trees in the backyard are still forming their leaves.

When my sense of time and center are thrown off, and my patience is tested by the stresses of everyday life, I am so grateful for the continual growth and progress that is inevitable with spring.

tulips

The tulips bloom so beautifully and last so fleetingly.

azalea buds

Azalea bushes coming alive

maple tree

The canopy of our maple tree in the front yard is back. Hi again.

dogwood

Dogwood tree in bloom

All sorts of veggies are starting to sprout in our gardens. Give it a week, even if it’s a realllly long week, and amazing things can happen.

lettuce

Lettuce sprouts!

radish sprout

Radish sprouts!

radishes

Little rows of ravishing radishes.

This progress is wonderful. The lettuces and radishes are looking pretty good. And today I could definitely see the beets, green onions, spinach, and broccoli rabe starting to poke through the soil. It gives me something to check on when I get home from work. It’s funny how I can spend my day in meetings and huddled at my desk, and all the while life is hard at work in the garden.

I know we’re always growing, but these visible changes are comforting.

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yes, my lawn looks like it was pooped on

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

If you’ve ever had your lawn aerated, then you know what I mean.
lawn aeration

My wonderful dad rented one of those aerator machines from Depot on Friday and surprised us by aerating our lawn. And I use the term “lawn” loosely. For all of our luck gardening organically, our efforts in organic lawn care have been subpar at best. We are, however, doing a fabulous job of growing dandelions, clover, crabgrass, and moss.

My Dad thinks this aeration process will help. The machine digs in and pulls up little soil pellets and then spits them back out. The overabundance of holes helps to loosen up the soil and encourage it to breathe. Hopefully more oxygen will get to the root systems, and help the organic fertilizer we’ve put down reach the roots as well. This should start to strengthen the roots and facilitate growth.

Or promote our yard as THE fast food joint for the neighborhood robins. Either way, it’s a comical site to see little lawn turds everywhere.

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when bad things happen to good gardens

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Um, yeah, it appears we have a little problem…
chipmunk hole

Help! How do we discourage this newly formed tunnel under our newly created bed? What do you do to deter chipmunks?

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happy earth day!

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

I won’t lie. My allergies are raging, and my enthusiasm with all things Earth and outside right now isn’t quite where I would like it to be. Funny how my allergies wreak havoc with my sense of well-being. Especially when my sinuses are pounding and I can’t breathe. Eeeeesh.

The pollen count is supposed to be high again tomorrow, and I’m trying to brace myself for it.

But today is Earth day, after all. And it makes me content to think that our gardening and composting are our tiny little ways of growing, recycling, and giving back. There’s always so much more that we can do, but every baby step is a step in the right direction.

Here are a few new photos of what’s going on in my gardens this week.

bleeding hearts

Bleeding hearts are a great shade-loving garden plant.

tulip

Herman Emmink tulip

asian lillies

These are asian lillies coming up that Craig's sister gave me a few years ago for my birthday. There were originally 3, but it looks like they're starting to spread!

lilac blossom

Our lilac tree is starting to blossom!

lilac blossom

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