Thurs. Jan. 5, 2023: Planning and Pruning

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Thursday, January 5, 2023

First Day of the Full Moon

Uranus, Mars, Mercury Retrograde

Rainy and getting colder; expected to switch over to snow

Celtic Tree Month of Birch

Happy New Year! May all your various gardens, physical and emotional, thrive this year.

The weather has been wacky, with temperatures fluctuating up and down. Hard on the body, not to mention the psyche.

I cut back a lot of the plants that died back or needed attention. The maidenhair fern needed a lot of work; it usually does, and I always forget. I also repotted it, as it had grown out of its previous pot, and it’s now much happier.

I’m slowly nursing the peace lily back to life. I’m cutting away dead sections, and letting the new green shoots grow, then cutting away more.

Out on the porch, more and more bulbs are poking little green shoots up. Although they didn’t come up fully by Christmas (thank goodness), they will probably be in good shape for Valentine’s Day.

The lilac dropped all its old leaves and has new shoots. I’m so excited for this plant, and might get another slip or two of lilac this year. It’s my favorite. It broke my heart to give away the lilacs I had nurtured for years on the Cape.

The peppermint and spearmint are still growing, and I will nurture them along as long as possible.

I made my seed chart for the year, comparing/contrasting the seed prices for the same or similar seeds across companies. Johnny’s Seeds in Maine (who I really like) are nearly double the price in some cases than some of the others, such as Botanical Interests. Since I have a limited seed budget, price has to factor in to my purchases.

I will start putting in orders this month, and maybe do a couple of orders in February. I’m not starting any vegetables this year; with the Farmers’ Market and lack of space I have, there’s no need. I’ll focus on flowers and herbs.

I still have to update the plant journal in the binder and move the pages from the annuals to the multi-year binder.

How are your plans coming for the next growing season?

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Thurs. Nov. 12, 2020: Mild Days and Blooming Cacti

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

Dark Moon Fourth Quarter in Libra

Neptune, Uranus, Mars Retrograde

Celtic Tree Month of Reed

Foggy and mild

I have one calendar saying today is the new moon and Mars goes direct, and another calendar saying today is still the dark moon and that all happens tomorrow. Go figure.

The last week’s weather has been quite lovely and unseasonably warm here. I pulled out all the faded annuals from pots and put the pots away in the garage. I repotted the cherry seedlings, which somehow survived without much attention all summer. I pulled out the spent tomato plants, but haven’t put away the pots yet. I’m going to leave the large pots that usually overwinter out as long as it remains pleasant.

But the deck is tidy and it’s still a pleasure to sit out there and enjoy the final nice days of the year. Because the deck is covered and there are skylights, one can even sit out in the rain. The deck is one of the things I will miss most about the house when we move in spring.

The landlord came and did some of the heavier pruning that’s too hard for me to handle, and the lawn guy is going to come by and do leaves soon.

We’re in decent shape.

I am sick of the neighbors and their leaf blower obsession. It’s autumn. One of the beauties of autumn is the falling leaves. If you don’t like it, don’t live in New England!

The moron using his leaf blower at 3:30 AM in the rain really angered me today.

I intend to wring every moment of pleasure out of autumn that I can. Who knows what winter will bring?

Our Thanksgiving cacti are starting to bloom, and should be gorgeous by the time it’s actually Thanksgiving.

The quality of light is very different now, too. The second floor doesn’t get as much afternoon sun, but the first floor gets more. Tessa, whose domain is the second floor, blames me personally for the change, which is pretty funny.

How’s your garden doing?

Thurs. Nov. 7, 2019: Beating the Storm

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Thursday, November 7, 2019
Waxing Moon 2nd Quarter in Pisces
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Partly sunny and cold
Celtic Tree Month of Reed

We might get our first snowflakes tomorrow morning.

On Tuesday, we raked enough just from the center front lawn to fill 10 30-gallon bags. In other words, 3000 gallons of leaves. We’re taking it to the dump today.

The front lawn is full of leaves again.

We haven’t had the chance to do the side lawn or anything in the back.

We’re taking in the plants that need to overwinter in the garage (the potted lilac, the roses of Sharon, the forsythia, hydrangea, etc. in the big pots. We’ll take in the geraniums that usually overwinter in my bedroom, because there’s a window that gets good sunlight. And the fern.

Not sure what we’ll do with the tomatoes.

Other pots have to be dumped, cleaned, sterilized, and stacked away for next year. Decorations have to be cleaned and put away.

I haven’t done the pruning yet, either.

I have to oil the teak furniture again before I put it away for the winter.

All I can do is the best I can do, each day. Every dry day, I’ll do a little bit. Eventually, it will get done, even if it’s not on the same schedule as the neighbors.

But hiring someone to mow made a huge difference this year. So I hope he’ll come back next year.