I'm calling this my first real day in the garden for the season. Yippee! The weather started out cool (barely 40 degrees) but climbed to feeling very warm in the sun by midday. 'Course, then by 5 o'clock it started to feel very cool again. So goes spring time in our neck of the woods.
Chicken Mama and Gilligan were here giving us a hand with various projects all day. At break time in the afternoon, I made a special treat using the new "soda fountain" glasses I got for my birthday. (Thanks for the idea, Rain!)
I made strawberry shakes for us all using berries I had in the freezer from last season. I don't think the shakes could have tasted any better with fresh strawberries. But just for the sake of comparison (ahem), we'll have to try a repeat with fresh ones as soon as they come in this year.
Speaking of strawberries, Chicken Mama and I took the mulch off the strawberry patch.
When Papa Pea and I put the straw on the berries last fall, it was a windy day so we laid cattle panels on top of the mulch to keep it from blowing into Canada.
Aaaaand, uncovered. The green leaves you see are the old ones from when we put the mulch on. I'll let the soil dry for a few days, then rake up what's left of the straw. Then a week or so (depending on good drying days) the old green leaves will turn brown and wither. Going up and down each row on my hands and knees, clipping off the old foliage will be the next task. Then I'll mulch around the plants with wood shavings and put some of the old straw on the ground between the rows. If all goes well, by July 4th, we'll have all the berries we want. Nuthin' to it!
I finished off the day by putting up the trellis in one of my raised beds where I'll plant my Sweet Peas this year. If the weather stays decent, the seeds will go in the ground within the week.
I'm tired tonight, but it sure felt good to be out working in the garden again.