About turning soil in the backyard sunshine

Today I’ll be working outside in the dirt. Dad and I turned half the garden last night removing any weeds still growing underneath from the previous soil turning two weeks ago.

Gardening on the ground is not the same as gardening in containers. Holy weeds! It’s really not that bad. I’ve dawned Dad’s old work clothes and Mom’s old sneakers and am getting dirty raking in last year’s bagged maple leaves and will be adding peat moss to the mixture later today. It’s cool outside even with the sun shining. The air is fresh and smog is a distant memory until mid-summer when the annual Quebec forest fires and Eastern United States Coast pollution migrate, combine and settle over New Brunswick when the winds are just right.

Many of you may feel it is late for planting and I tend to agree, however in recent years, the summer season in the Maritimes extends into October because of the many Huricanes pushing warm air up the Coast from Florida. It’s been too cold at night for seedlings to survive until this past week in Saint John.

The three day long fog lifted overnight. Birds are chirping. Yellow finches, sparrows, starlings (of course), robins and two morning doves call the adjoining backyards home. The grey morning doves mate for life and sound as owls when speaking. Missy is beside herself with all the activity on the ground. She remains fearful of the green oceanic lawn, nipping just at it’s edges, she walks on anything other than it, happy to stare at the birds while dreaming of catching one.

It’s good to be here. It’s good to be alive today.

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8 thoughts on “About turning soil in the backyard sunshine”

  1. I’m so not a gardener, gardening being associated for me with pulling weeds in 95 degree sun and humid in louisiana summer.

    But, I am pondering a creeping houseplant for this bizarre spot in my wall.

    Maybe you folk will make me greener yet.

  2. Try an Ivy, Candice. Maybe even Bamboo? They both are hardy and need minimal care. Bamboo ONLY needs water. If you plant ivy make sure it has a bit of nitrogen (manure or compost) in the soil and natural light. Out West German Ivy likes the climate so much it is taking over every highway side, garden and local wooded areas.

    We’ve hit 95 degrees here a few times thus far. I tend to garden in the morning and evening takeing a siesta midday.

  3. Hmm. The problem with the thing in the wall is that it would require a ladder to water a plant up there. I do have a balcony which screams out “put plants on me” which I may get to. Ivy or something along those lines would probably work.

    For the first time in years I have an apartment that I actually really like.

  4. Put an aloe up there. Would only need to be watered say once a month and it won’t die if you miss one. Better yet put a big ‘ole fake plant up there? They make ’em pretty well these days and you’ll only need a ladder once.

    Nice on having an apartment you like. Are you in a loft apartment? Sounds like you have high ceilings.

  5. The ceilings are somewhere between eleven and twelve feet tall. It’s an apartment in an old house rather than a loft. Probably antebellum (the neighborhood dates to 1820-1840) but I don’t actually know.

    Acres of wallspace around here and I’ve got nothing on them yet. Just a mirror and some of my sister’s artwork on the mantel in the bedroom. (Lots of stuff -for- the walls, just nothing put up…)

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