My husband said to me the other day, “You know, I kind of liked it when you were working on your blog.” Code: “You’ve really let things slide, lady.” 🙂 So I spent a few minutes looking at my past posts (way past, I know!) and I think I’m inspired again. I also felt a little nostalgia for our old home where I had things pretty well under control. Boy, it’s hard to move! Yes, things are put away, but I just don’t feel like we’re functioning at our best. I’ve been WAY to easy-going lately. It’s time I got moving and organizing (and blogging) again.
So you don’t think I’ve just been lazing around, I’ll let you in on what I have accomplished over the past month or so. The weather here is finally getting nice (kind of – Idaho is pretty unpredictable in the Spring – one day will be 75 and the next we’ll get snow). As soon as there is sun and some warmth to go with it I can hardly stand it and just have to be outside. Our new home has a HUGE yard that had been neglected, so my husband and I have been doing all kinds of trimming and weeding. But this is my baby:
If you look carefully in the far right corner you’ll see something that made me jump for joy – RASPBERRIES! In my previous garden I tried several times to plant raspberries with no success, so I was ecstatic to discover these well-established raspberry vines. The only problem is they too had been neglected. Here’s an up-close look at what I had to work with.
A little on-line search yielded this very helpful video on trimming raspberries.
Then, donned with garden gloves and armed with trimmers I got to work. Several raspberry-prickle slivers later (along with some serious hand-cramping), this is the result:
The garden area needed some serious care, so every free minute I spent weeding and digging up grass (which I actually enjoy – I just love dirt!), and even managed to get a little help from the kids. When the weeds were out, I harpooned my wonderful father into bringing over his rototill to work his magic. Isn’t it purrrty?
I have planted some frost-tolerant vegetables (peas, swiss chard, lettuce, cabbage), but I’m waiting until May 11, one day after our last recorded frost, in order to plant the rest. I’m so excited! I’m particularly excited about this:
Fruit trees! I have a little orchard! Can you blame me for not wanting to being inside?
- Raspberries ~ The Gem of The Berry Garden (modernhomesteaders.net)
- Raspberries help cultivate return to soil (goerie.com)
- Raspberry Recipes (spoonful.com)