Spring at Heath

by Kathleen

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I will get back to posting on the “Silk Road” series as soon as possible, but right now I must attend to a few items around Heath, primarily the garden. There is much work to be done, such as clearing and tilling the grounds, mapping out rows, and transplanting a fig and rose bush to a safer position within the garden. The beds have been edged with a shovel, tossing the dirt back onto the bed to give the row a neater look.

The southeastern portion of the property is flourishing compared to the northern edge so, I staked the peonies in this quadrant and neatened up the Crepe Myrtle.

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Since, our garden is off a heavily wooded area I have found that it is imperative to select the right plants to sow so, that we keep the majority of wildlife at bay. I planted turnip and mustard greens this morning, which will be used in soups, stews and mostly stir-fries for the warmer months ahead. The deer are not fond of these greens and will leave them for other items around the grounds.

I always enjoy photographing the garden in all of the seasons to use as a frame of reference when planning. I draft the garden onto paper and use the photos to determine where to place various plants. This is a handy tool that makes crop rotating easier in the following seasons.

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After several days of pulling weeds and thinning plants on my hands and knees, there is nothing like coming into the house for a chilled glass of Trefethen Chardonnay and then sitting on the deck with the garden in view.

A Votre Santé!

K