Wow. How time does fly. I’ve still not gotten the whole garden in although now that we are selling the house I don’t have much motivation since I hopefully won’t be here when it is harvest season. That’s the plan anyway. I did get the raised beds in and it is working well. The weeds are way down. But on the flip side this year the slugs are way up. Dang I miss the duck slug patrol! I was pulling grass from around the edges of the raised beds last night and I couldn’t even count all the slugs. Tiny ones, medium ones, and larger ones. Granted, we don’t get big ones compared to the big ol’ banana slugs on the west coast but we have big ones for our area. Ugh. I couldn’t believe how many there were. I’ve done the beer traps, used Sluggo, walked through with a bucket of soapy water collecting and tossing slugs into the water, done the same thing but with a cup of salt, and had the ducks. So far, the ducks were by far the best at getting rid of the slugs.
My flower beds are coming in nicely. I have iris, lupine, poppies, violets, and some other’s I either don’t know or don’t remember names. I have peonies, columbine, nasturtium, hollyhocks, marigolds, and a couple others that are growing but not blooming yet. Even most of the roses seem to be doing well. I think I lost the Peace rose but so far only one out of six have been lost. Not bad odds so far. My grapes on the other hand not so great. I might still have one out of four I planted last year. I also had a raspberry winter kill this year. The raspberries are getting to where they really need a trellis built for support. I hope someone really appreciates these plants I put in. I’m bummed about leaving them but I’m also excited about starting a fresh property.
I’m hoping the new property we end up with will be a farm-ish type place. At least a couple of acres where I can have a garden and an orchard. I’d like a few critters to help out with bug patrol, and add some meat and eggs to the mix. I don’t want too many critters though because they certainly take maintenance. They also take a lot of time. The more critters we have the more chores there are.
I do kind of like those chores though. What I don’t like are the inside chores. Despite that fact I’m going to have to learn how to do them now. I’m hoping to not have to work for awhile once we move. Well, at least outside the home. I’m excited to try my hand at being a stay-at-home mom. Even better is the fact that we should have the chance for it to actually be a choice. Choices are always nice. Then at least you can only blame yourself for the choice made.
Speaking of moving and inside chores… I’d best get going on my chores to get the house ready.