Y’all, it’s still really warm here. Almost seventy degrees. And since I had about twelve hours of sleep and ate pecan pie for breakfast, I felt ready to tackle the yard today. Don’t hate me because my life is so dreadfully fulfilling.

Most of my time was spent pulling leaves from the flower beds. I know there are a few theories about mulching beds, and people get really passionate about leaf removal, blah blah blah, but my own practice is that the last leaves I collect in the fall cover the beds. I think of it like a warm winter blanket. Then, instead of carrying around dry leaves that blow everywhere for another month in the fall, I uncover my beds, bag the wet leaves, and move them to the wildflower bed in the spring.
The reason it’s a wildflower bed is because people built it with treated lumber, which is unsuitable for food. So I think of it as a little wildlife conservatory, where native plants gather, and in late summer, I can cut bits of purple and yellow for vases indoors, but it will still look untouched. Butterflies and birds enjoy it, and I enjoy all of that.

The best part of spring cleaning outdoors is uncovering the beds, because life returns from under those warm, wet leaves.

After living in Georgia for seven years, and spending last spring in not-my-house, I was beside myself with happiness today! Just look at all that dark rich earth!



And behold, the tiniest pip of tulip, which I found here and there.

Once the girls got home, we played pick-up-sticks, the literal game. It’s really only a chore because the sticks are everywhere in the front where most of the trees are, and the bonfire pile is in the wide open space ofย the back 40. Surely I walked my ten thousand steps today. The stick pile is about the size of … well, we’ll need to call the fire department before we torch it, let’s just put it that way. If I felt more like a pioneer woman, I could probably fashion the limbs into an extensive fence, which I do think about from time to time.

The big maple in the back is covered in ivy, where bits of green are starting to come through.

Then, good gravy with all the sweeping! The wind blew the leaves into every possible nook and cranny.
Of course, the snow froze on top of that! Our street was frozen for almost five months straight. It’s only been thawed-out for about a week.
I’ve never had such a winter. We in Indianapolis broke our records for cold and snow this year.
I’m not stupid; I’m a local, so I know that tomorrow’s snow will not be the last of the cold.

This growing year isn’t so much about landscaping for pretty, as much as it’s about growing food. In the weeks to come, I’ll be building my raised beds and starting my seeds.

I’ve started one compost pile, too.

When late summer comes, I know I will plant even more tulips, as well as mums. When fall comes, I’ll be adding hyacinth and crocuses, because can you believe three-generations lived here ninety-four years without so much as a single early bulb?! I know, I’m shocked, too!

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10 Responses to Pips!

  1. words4jp says:

    You are like Martha Stewart – such a cool chick!!


  2. meANXIETYme says:

    OMGee you are a gardener. I thought I knew you!
    (not really, but you get the idea)
    Technically speaking, I hate gardening. But I love plants and trees and bushes. WTF, right? ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. I think more people are like you than me. I really do love gardening ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Jewels says:

    Did you say it was almost 70 there today?! Nice! I can’t wait to go and putz around outside…


  5. Snoring Dog Studio says:

    Yay! Spring! I love this time of year. I get down close to the ground and look at the earthworm burrows and the tiny green sprouts and play in the dirt. I’ve already planted my kale and can’t wait to get the lettuce and tomatoes in. I’m fortunate to walk to work and so I get to see what else is coming up all around me.


  6. Sherry says:

    here’s a tip for all those bits of twig…collect them about the size of 1/2 in diameter. cut them the same length. use twine to weave in and out on both sides, bring them together in a circle. tie together to use as “covers” for unsightly plastic pots. Virtually zero expense (but for the twine) to make nice pot covers that look nice on the porch, sidewalk, or anywhere.


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