We've all had 'em. The days we have planned out perfectly . . . but then we end up doing something entirely different.
I was going to get up early yesterday morning, do a couple of hours of desk/computer work, make a quick run into town for some needed supplies and be well into my brick work for the day by 10 a.m.
I should never had taken that early morning walk down to the raspberries to see if their leaves were starting to bud out yet. We've been wanting to get a jump start on the spring pruning of our 42' of raspberries but the ground has been too wet for a couple of weeks now.
Lo and behold, what I saw on my walkabout in the morning was perfect conditions in the raspberry patch. Plus, it was a beautiful day to be outside. Temp in the high 60s/low70s early on, lots of sunshine and a blue sky filled with cumulus clouds.
As much as I want to get the walls behind the wood stove in the living room done, I also know I can do that on a cold or rainy day. So after a quick conference with my better half, we decided to do the raspberry pruning.
Here's a "before" shot of one row.
Same row after pruning. Quite a difference, huh?
I was having such a great time out there and feeling so very good about getting at the raspberry patch BEFORE the weeds took over, I decided to tackle the few weeds that had already made themselves known in the actual plant rows and then the ones around the perimeter and between the three 14' long rows of canes we had pruned.
That took me right up until 4:30 and time to come inside (to save my lower back for another day) and rustle up something for dinner. (Nothing like physical work outside all day to give you a healthy appetite, is there?)
Now all that needs to be done in the raspberries is to spread compost around the plants, till around the perimeter and between rows, and mulch everything with the straw mulch we took off the strawberry patch yesterday morning. Oh, that's right! we uncovered the strawberries before we started work pruning the raspberries.
So as much as I'm eager to work on getting the rest of the Z-Brick installed in the living room, I'm pretty sure I'm going to be spending any decent weather days for the rest of this week working outside. For one thing, it is so invigorating to be working in the fresh air again, especially without any of our biting bugs yet being present (!), and I'm a person who feels boatloads better when I know I'm AHEAD of getting jobs done rather than being behind. It's so much easier for me both emotionally and physically to get a jump start on all the outside garden work that needs to be done this spring before feeling like it's "gotten away from me."
This week is shaping up to be busier than usual time so I may fall behind on finding time to read all of your blogs and make comments as I'd like to do. As much as I want to do everything, I know at certain times it's just not possible. But it's going to be a good, good remainder of the week and lots will be accomplished around this here old homestead!
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