Time for some Spring cleaning { Gardening Chronicles

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Normally by now I have had enough decent weather that I have already started with the yard "Spring Cleaning"...You know...all the stuff that I let just die on the vine and tree debris lie.  That darn oak tree in the back yard is my enemy and best friend all at the same time. We LOVE the shade it gives our homes but HATE all the darn acorns (not the big kind...think tiny little stick in your barefeet like thorns type of acorns).  Thank God the neighbors cut down the gum ball tree last year.  At least I didn't have gumballs to pick up this year! Today Adam held the trash bags for me while I filled 20, yes 20, yard bags with leaves and acorns...

Spikes all like "No Boomer I don't want to kiss you!  No means NO!"

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And then there are all the herb beds... I managed to get this one done...come on and grow Oregano, sage, thyme, lavender, mint and whatever else decides to come back!

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I need to hit these two beds this weekend.

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Not even showing the beds by the deck, front yard, and back wall...cause uhm...tis a hot mess! I have lots of planters I need to tackle as well.

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The garden...My big debate this year is to till or not to till. That is the question. I am torn. On one hand I want to really chop up the old hay, newspapers and leaves.  Really compost it in and on the other end I kindof enjoying digging it by hand.  Sick I know. Hey some girls like to go to the gym...some girls like to do yard work ;-) The outdoor "living room" area is looking pretty sad. It doesn't bother me a bit because I know a month from now how lovely it will be.  I was going to put the canopy back onto the gazebo today but then Adam was all like "Mom you do know they are calling for snow again next week.  Denying it won't make it not happen ya know."  Wise kid....but I still want to ignore it. But he is right...the canopy will go on after this LAST (yes I demand it be the last) piddly snowfall.

So Maddie. Well Maddie and I...we is going to be having a big old "come to Jesus" meeting this Spring.

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Maddie seems to think that she needs to dig a hole to China smack in the middle of my flower beds. This is clearly NOT going to work for me. She happens to think of it as her own personal doggy bed. Yep...we are going to be having many "meetings" I have no doubt. She's lucky she is cute and sweet.

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It's time to harvest the ground ivy this week!

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The chickweed needs about one solid week of warm and sunny temps and then it will be ready! Which is good because the Chickweed ointment I make for Maddie's itching ears and skin is running out!  I need more Chickweed oil ASAP.  So far it is the only thing keeping her off of the vet's "fancy" pills for itchy skin. Yes, even the animals get herbal medicine around here ;-)

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And last but not least... The babies are looking good!  Won't be long now and these beauties will be growing in the ground!

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This weekend is supposed to be in the 70's so I am sure I will be tackling that check list! Happy Spring everyone! Now get out there and enjoy :-)