Here in Chicagoland, inside it looks like a greenhouse,
most noticeable in my living room. YES, two-feet from my front door. The black boxes are an air purifier and a humidifier.
The large pots are all holding my hubby's enthusiastic
So much for a pretty Spring housewalk.
Our well water ruined two furnace humidifiers, the portables are far cheaper, and can easily be maintained.
In the kitchen, both windows are full of transplanted starts.
They are a bit droopy after transplanting, but Tomatoes look better today.
We had to go up with portable shelving. I will be transplanting more if we get more dirt. ONLY if something important HAS to be purchased.
I label every HOT PEPPER pot...so these are planted far away and don't cross pollinate with our other other peppers. They will probably be in pots near the garage---quarantined if you will.
Not colorful yet these are the colorful Coleus from my last garden post. $8.00 worth of seed, will give us MORE than enough coleus for our shady yard.
We had snow on Tuesday, so the greenhouse is still not viable, even though yesterday it reached 85 degrees in there. Nights need to temper just a bit more, before we move in plants.
A few hours straightening in here, and we will be ready to go!
I'm hoping to do the next round of transplanting out here!
All day Wednesday we got outside...the garden was almost taken care of in fall...and is now draining. We will have 4 days of rain, starting today. So tilling will be awhile.
Most of yesterday was cleanup!
Stacking wood from our spruce tree!
Bundling branches for pickup, we are opting for less burning, and these will be mulched at a recycling center.
Our neighbor is home from work and really tackled their yard.
It will be fun to see what revitalizes when the plants rise up!
We only have tiny bits of green coming, mostly Iris, and some Daffodils. I leave ALL the leaves and healthy stems for bird nesting materials, and to protect our bees, which burrow underneath, praying mantis and other helpful bugs.
With my knee replacement last Fall, you didn't get to see that our project was well underway, to clear up our problem area.
Hubby spread we aren't sure how many bags of paver base across the yard where we have drainage issues and couldn't grow grass.
Paver base was spread over leveled ground, a layer of weed blocker, sand and then paver base. It really firmed up over the winter, and the leaves were easy to rake off.
We didn't get to do any decorative additions, but now I have a blank slate and can begin a plan. (The Caladiums and Coleus should be very happy here in pots.
Hubby finished the fence in November. I can't wait to put some trailing vines and impatiens on those small shelves.
Hubby planted Hosta I grew from starts, below and all around here, I hope they made it through the freeze/thaw winter we had.
We never had deep snow cover for a long period of time, much of the yard was bare in between. I think we are 3" below average snowfall, for Chicagoland.
On the other side of the house my fisher pair, lost their poles again. I'm beginning to wonder if an animal carries them off to chew on.
Around the pond, are Mini Iris, ground covers, Iris,
and Daffy's coming up.
The pond is disgusting and just thawed out. I'll throw a cup of bleach in it, and scoop all the leaves out,
and then run clear water through it, when it warms up.
The frogs like some leaves in there to hide in. Our water plants, weren't brought into the house, because of the early frost, so I will have to purchase some new ones---Papyrus, for sure!
I may just use some Philodendrom and a Spath also...I have none at the moment.
We usually have frogs within a week of cleaning the pond out.I do use mosquito floats in both of the ponds, and nothing seems to mind them except the mosquitos.
Around the corner is the Sweet Pea trellis, I didn't get cleaned up because of my surgery. That will come down when I clear the flower beds. Our Sweet Peas are from a 59cent package in 1985!
This area faces East. And, the Daffodils bloom here first. I thinned them two years ago---and it looks like they need it again. I need a new focal plant here, our 20-year old rose, finally croaked.
Along the fence, I started multiple perennials last year, mostly Holly Hocks, and transplanted some Echinacea, and Phlox. We will see what comes up.
I had some going-south citrus fruit languishing in the fridge drawer, and I sliced them in half. I put them outside, just to see who might want them.
We have lots of critters in our yard, so many birds, squirrels, chippies, moles (not good), possums, raccoons, woodchucks, frogs, toads, really a happy bunch of critters.
We had hung some oranges up on a stick earlier, and they were ripped down and emptied underneath.
Sure enough you can see a trail along the beam of orange halves...I dont' know who took the limes...LOL. But, they are gone!
PS This happened during the day, Wednesday...so that eliminates the night stalkers!
HOW ARE YOUR GARDEN PLANS and Critters COMING?
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