Hey everyone! Another weekend is gone…into the depths of the cold and drizzly Pacific NW…<SMACK> snap out of it man! Getting used to being back home after that week in Maui has been strange, its a weird kind of funk I’ve not experienced having never been vacationing anywhere really warm during our winter. Guess that means Paula and I need to return to Hawaii sooner than we planned. 🙂
Saturday was a mild dry winter day so it was time for tear down of the 2017 garden and general yard cleanup. Here’s what we got done:
- Chopped-n-dropped all the tomato plants and stored their cages under the deck. I like just dropping the plants into the boxes and letting them rot over the winter. Then in spring covering them with clear plastic to really kick up the decomposition process. About a month and a half before planting our summer veggies I’ll uncover the beds and broadcast some cover crop seed. This will grow up until 2-3 weeks before planting when I’ll cover them again with the clear plastic to kill everything off (quick version of chop-n-drop cover crop) and it will help heat up the soil for the coming plants. That’s the plan for 2018 on the garden beds
- Raked leaves off the trails and into the flower garden beds for mulch around perennial bushes
- Installed the temporary fencing around the garden boxes…if we don’t do this our pugs have a tendency to think the areas are their “chase me” playground in the soft soil (especially when we get snow). 🙂
- Transplanted 2 more of the lower yard blueberries up into the new blueberry bush island (we now have two islands with blueberry bushes throughout to make harvesting much easier by having all in one zone of the backyard).
- Cleaned out all the bird feeders and refilled (also hung 2 new suet blocks for hungry winter birds).
With the nice weather Saturday I decided it would be a good day to change the oil on my Prius commuter car, so that got done. Also checked the air pressure in all of our cars/trucks tires. This helps save on wasting fuel, is a safety issue, and prevents excessive wear on the tires (saving you money long term).
Paula hasn’t had a lot of time lately for getting our Maui pictures posted to her Instagram page, but here’s a couple photos from our hikes in the hills and at the cliffs/beach (these are the full size jpeg images so loading might take some time from our slow-poke server 🙂 :