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Signs Of Spring

It has become like Spring here overnight! Of course it won’t last, but while it’s been nice I have been outside scoping out how things did over winter.

My grapes are looking good. My neighbor helped me to prune them. This is my second year with them, so no grapes until next year, but pruning is required to help train them for when the grapes come.

Some daffodils near the house are about 2 inches up out of the soil. I checked in the woods where I have several batches and they aren’t up yet. The trees are keeping the sun off of them, so they tend to grow and bloom later.

My garden boxes are looking good. I really need to get some seeds started NOW. Hopefully this weekend. I’ll have to put it into my goals, so I will look at it over and over and get it done ūüôā

One of our bee hives fell over and all of the bees died. We still have 1 hive, so all is not lost. My son T,  is 12 is planning on doing Beekeeping for 4H this year.

We have mole trails everywhere. I don’t really care except that L keeps tripping over them, falling down, and crying. She isn’t all that great at getting up from falling, but practice makes perfect.

I will need to paint some of the trim around the house, especially around the double car garage. The winter has caused this to be more noticeable.

I would like to paint the shutters on the house. They have faded terribly over the years. A nice coat of paint wouldn’t be hard and would freshen up the front of the house.

Window boxes need to be filled with flowers, but that will have to wait a couple of months until the weather is in full cooperation. I love filling them with fresh flowers!

Everything is so brown and ugly. But, the sun has been shining and things will green-up quickly.

A huge tree branch fell and hit a wooden bridge that my son J made as a trial bridge for his Eagle Scout project. That needs some work to make it functional again.

There are lots of sticks to pick up because we live in the woods.

It feels good to see the stuff that I enjoy and the jobs that need attention this year.

How about you, is it Spring where you live yet? Are there jobs that you can see needing to be done this year?

Ann

Planting Grapes

I have been wanting to add some fruit trees or bushes to our garden area for some time.¬† At the same time, I’m kind of scared to do it.¬† Trees are fairly permanent and I really have no design for how I would like things to be.¬† I am more of a fly by the seat of my pants gardener.¬† I want a lot of different stuff, but it all takes time and money.¬† I don’t always have the time or desire to work after I have hastily purchased the crop.¬† For example, for many years I bought all of the garden stuff–miracle grow, compost, bamboo stakes, etc. only to be gung-ho in the beginning and then it is a huge mess of weeds by the end of the growing season.¬† I am trying to mend my ways.

This year I finally purchased the grapes that I have been wanting off and on for years.¬† They were on clearance from Lowe’s for $3 for a gallon container.¬† I am super excited.¬† I have been reading about growing grapes in our area.¬† I purchased a soil analyzer.¬† Our pH is 7.¬† I never knew that before.¬† Grapes here like it at 6 to 6.5.¬† Thankfully, not too much of a difference.¬† I just found out our neighbor has grapes that have done well, so that is encouraging.

I enlisted the big kids to help me get going.¬† They dug the holes for the plants.¬† They drove the fence posts into the ground and A actually put the plants into the ground.¬† She is such a plant lover.¬† She notices every flower we pass.¬† She loves being in the garden.¬† She is all about the details.¬† For example, I had the kids dig down one foot.¬† We placed some soil acidifier¬†in¬†at the 12 inch mark, then replaced about 6 inches of soil to let the roots get started.¬†As we replaced the dirt, A sprinkled the rest of the soil acidifier¬†around the grape bundle.¬† We did this same process on all 3 plants.¬† She watched each boy (the 3 older each did one complete plant).¬† She made sure they had all of the steps done in order.¬† She corrected them if they went out-of-order or didn’t do everything exactly correctly.¬† They get annoyed with her, but she pays attention and knows what to do and when to do it.

Here are some pictures.

Concord Grapes bought on clearance for $3 each.

Concord Grapes bought on clearance for $3 each.

Digging the holes.

Digging the holes.

Making sure the holes were dug 12 inches deep.

Making sure the holes were dug 12 inches deep.

Sprinkling soil acidifier in the soil.

Sprinkling soil acidifier in the soil.

A explaining the process to J.

A explaining the process to J.

After planting, but before we had them up on the  wire.

After planting, but before we had them up on the wire.

Grapes on the stakes.

Grapes on the stakes.

Grapes strapped to the wire.

Grapes strapped to the wire.