Spring Garden Cleanup

It’s warm enough to work outside now and I’ve been busy cleaning the garden. It’s nice and privacy to live in a wooded lot but certainly a lot of work having to clear the leaves around the house, otherwise we’ll get a lot of slithering visitors.

I saw several in the garden and most are baby brown and black snakes. I used to be so afraid of them, but thinking now they are probably afraid of me more.

We had a lot of trees down this winter, hope to make good use of them in the garden as planting bed borders.

I can’t remember the name of this plant now, but I think it’s in the Swiss chard family. It tolerates both cool weather and heat and survived the cold weather in our area.

The mints survived the winter as well but still doesn’t have the strong minty aroma yet.

The spring flowers came out at the beginning of March. I’m more of a vegetable gardener and not so much of a flower gardener, but so fortunate that the previous owner planted plenty of pretty spring flowers around the house. Spring is here, I’m just waiting for the weather to get warm enough to start planting in the garden.

Snow

This is one of the coldest winters and we had our first snowfall for 2018 yesterday. We got more than expected and didn’t have to go to work so I’m out and about photographing the snow.

The chicken and ducks are cold and they have to be well-fed to keep their bodies warm, they also fly back and forth to keep their bodies warm.

The snowfall overnight and made the net very heavy.

The ducks don’t mind staying outside in the cold, but I’m sure they can’t wait for Spring and warm weather to arrive.

The chickens stay inside the cope and only come out to eat.

I’m happy to see the snow but can’t wait to work in the garden again.

Max loves playing in the snow, and I enjoyed a day off from work. I went back to work today, the road was treacherous in the morning especially the secondary roads that were packed with ice. The drive home was not so bad, most roads were cleared.

November Garden Update

It has been a while since I last posted on the blog, and can’t believe it’s November already. I took these photos last weekend and it’s the last set of photos for the garden before the Autumn harvest. I had a good turn out for the Chayote squash.

It didn’t start bearing fruits/vegetables until late September.

I planted Summer squash and it did fairly well in September also.

The bell peppers did well, these 2 photos were taken in September and I had a few bell peppers up until last week.

We had our first frost last week and I had to harvest all the peppers and freeze them for the Winter.

We had plenty of Ogras and it was too much for a few of us that I might have to plant less next year.

I do love the Autumn colors and sadly it’s the last of the garden. I won’t have time to plant the Winter garden but looking forward to next Spring.

Plenty of lemongrasses, and all cut and froze for the Winter.

The mint is still pretty but doesn’t smell or taste good during the cold months.

The last few bell peppers.

I’ll be leaving the banana trees outside this year, and harvested the leaves for steam cooking.

I hope to post more often and share more Autumn photos.