A personal record of what's going on in my Northern Michigan zone 4 gardens. I use raised beds and grow organically. Nothing fancy--just trying to garden with nature in mind.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

End Of The Month Roundup---March 2017


Greetings all
I'm sure you've all noticed my absence over the past month---we went to Iowa and Nebraska for the month of March to escape winter.  We should have stayed home.  I contracted the flu on the way OUT, and spent the entire time in Nebraska ill, as I ended up morphing that flu into pneumonia.. I"m glad we had a house rental, as dealing with that in a hotel would have been a nightmare.

We got home a few days ago, and it's still cold and drizzly and miserable, but it's HOME and when you feel lousy, it's the best place on earth.

It felt so good to meander out to the garden to take photos.  Hubby calls me Jihad Jane---as I am bundled in a face mask and hooded coat.  Laugh all you want, dear man......at least I am OUTSIDE!!!

There is  lots of clean-up to be done and hopefully over the course of the next month my endless list
will start to get whittled down.
Garlic starting to peek through the straw

West Side of Garden looking north towards the older blueberry bushes

Lots of clean-up work ahead

Getting ready to set up cold frames



New Blueberry patch came through it's first winter healthy

East Flower border---lots of cleanup needed

I've been working at catching up with your blogs.  I've missed you all so much. Can't wait to
see what you've all been up to.

Happy Spring!




47 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry you've been unwell - pneumonia isn't something I'd wish on anyone. Feel better soon.

    You're gearing up to grow, and I'm gearing up to take a winter break. And so the cycle continues... :D Above all, get better, and have fun.

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    1. Hi Dani-so good to hear from you. I hope you got some of that much needed rain this past month. Enjoy the slow-down.....and if you get bored, there's plenty to do here!!
      :D

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  2. Hello, I am so sorry your were sick during your trip. Did you rent the house thru the Airbnb? I was hoping to see some trip photos. I am looking forward to picking some blueberries this summer, I hope my plants made it thru the winter. Take care and have a happy weekend.

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    1. Hi Eileen--I sure hope your blueberries made it through as well. Oh, the anticipation!!! So nice to pick your own. Happy Spring

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  3. Ach, you've got green grass showing. None here. You've got garlic poking up through the mulch. None here. Even though we're both Zone 4 (sometimes yes, sometimes not) you always get a jump start on me. No snow evident on your estate, but as you can readily see on my latest blog post, parts of my garden are still under cover. I have to remember it's not a race . . . and we both still end up with plenty of green beans at season's end. :o)

    Take care of yourself so you don't have a relapse!

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    1. Green beans. Oh num!! But wow, that's a long way off, isn't it? Can't wait.
      Hope you have your bestest garden ever. And go stomp on that snow--it works!!
      Teehee

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  4. Hi Sue- sorry to hear about your troubled vacation. Still jealous of all the garden space you have. Look forward to this years garden.

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    1. Hi John--Well, I'm certainly hoping you will share photos again this year of your "pot" garden (oh, that sounds bad, LOL).
      Hope you have lots of nice hikes this spring.

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  5. Happy spring, right back at you, Sue! Oh, I'm glad that you are feeling better - what rotten timing, that flu!

    Your garden is looking a lot like mine right now - well, not so much the blueberries as mine are still little twigs sticking out of the soil. But I got my box of elemental sulfur ready to go - I'm not so crazy as to think I'll actually get any blueberries this year, but a little bit of growth on the twigs would be nice :)

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    1. Margaret-I am so excited for you about those "twigs"---they'll be putting on some serious growth for you this year and you'll be amazed at how soon they start putting on those little blueberries.
      This is such an exciting time of year--so much potential all sitting out there in that.......cold wet soil. Here's to warm sunshine, plentiful rains, and lots of bounty this year!
      :)

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  6. So glad you are feeling better. Stronger every day, girl.

    Your garden is the picture of hope and rebirth. Can't wait to see how well it does this year. You are a true Master Gardener.
    Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Oh Daisy-you are so very sweet. I'm hoping we all enjoy the best year in the garden ever. Have a great week

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  7. I think I would head a little farther south next year! What a bummer to get so sick. Take good care of yourself in this cold, wet spring weather.

    You have a beautiful place and what a lot of room to garden. I will be watching for some summer pictures.

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    1. Thanks so very very much. And yes--we should have gone further south. Live and learn! Thanks for your visit and kind words.

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  8. Sorry you felt so bad during your trip. Glad you are better now and do whatever it takes to get outside. :-) Time to dig in the dirt and see what's sprouting.

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    1. GonSS-Thank you. And I'm certainly looking forward to the dig dig dig part!
      Hope you have a great year in your garden
      :)

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  9. Your garden is the photo of expectation and resurrection. Can hardly wait to perceive how well it does this year. You are a genuine Master Gardener...Enjoy your end of the week!
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  10. Glad you're back Sue:) - home sweet home! I so love your garden! Blessed with proper cold frames, neat berry patch, raised beds ...and I'm sure sunbeam's on it's way too! You've got everything...stay blessed and enjoy spring slowly - to make it last longer:) Happy gardening:)

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    1. Hi Annie--I sure hope you're right about that sunshine--we need a good dose of sun and warmth to get things going. Have a wonderful day in your garden.

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  11. A very warm welcome back to you, Sue! I am sorry you didn't enjoy your trip as much as you could have. Happy Spring and April, and I hope you have a wonder filled week.

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    1. Hello Linda-so nice of you to pop by. Happy Spring to you as well. Hope you are having a good week.

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  12. So you migrated like a bird to warmer parts, such a same you were ill. At least the weeds didn't grow when you were away.

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    1. Hi Sue. It was too cold for weeds to grow, but there's still plenty of mess to contend with.

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  13. Being sick is pretty awful but being sick and away from home is just plain terrible. I'm glad you're back home now and on the mend!!

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    1. Hi Granny M-thanks for your well wishes. Hope you have a great week

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  14. Ouch! Well you made it home safely. We've given up long winter treks to warmer places. Support systems nearby and Mayo Clinic seems more important than when we were much younger...:)

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    1. TB-I'm so sorry to hear that....though it's very understandable.
      Hubby and I have been discussing at length our desire to quit with the LONG trips. Overnighters and short excursions are sounding more and more our level of comfort.
      Hope all is well with you two.

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  15. I'm so glad you feel better, you'll soon be fighting fit and putting us all to shame in the garden once again.

    The photos of your garden give me hope that maybe I'm not as far behind this season as I think I am!

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    1. Hi Tricky-I think our gardens produce well whether we jump right in or not. I think it's us that feel the rush to get out there and dig in that soil.
      It's been a long winter....and I'm just so anxious to play in the dirt.
      Have a great growing season.Looking forward to updates and hope there's plenty of pics

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  16. Good to see you! Somehow Iowa and Nebraska were never on my list as places where one could escape winter. Sorry to hear you have been ill, it seems the bugs have been bad this year. I love the honest look at the garden in its "OMG where do I start" phase. Get well soon and happy growing!

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    1. len-you made me laugh with the OMG-where do I start!! I have that exact thought when I face all that.
      There might be some super organized person that starts at one point and keeps on going. Me?--I'm all over the place. I gotta get a new system.....

      Hope you're well. Looking forward to seeing what's growing at your place.

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  17. I was sorry to read that you had been ill. You are so right about home being the only place you want to be when you are sick. We have so much clean up work here too, and we have been busy packing and unpacking. (Or trying to unpack and find places to put things.)

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    1. Good Morning, Sherri
      Thanks so much for your visit. Hopefully your packing/unpacking will proceed smoothly. Hard to keep up with all the other stuff when it comes all together like that.
      And I'm glad you managed some time out with hubby for some ice cream. It's one of our favorite "simple pleasures" as well. Have a good week

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  18. This is so wild. Your blog helps me remember geography. My garlic & blueberries are almost ready to harvest.

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    1. Hi Maybelline-oh my gosh, BLUEBERRIES???? YUM!

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  19. Hope you're feeling better. There is so much to do at this time of year and I am sure feeling ill must make the chores seem even more overwhelming. At least you're home.

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    1. Hi Jennifer-thanks for your well wishes. I'm slowly getting back to "better".....and not a moment too soon. The chores are piling up!
      Have a great week

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  20. Sue, you have been missed!!! Hope you are better, Spring will fix you up in no time. You're gardens and flowers have inspired me for years. Baby steps on my end but I can't wait to see your leaps and bounds!!!

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    1. 1st Man-I'm SO glad you commented---I lost my "list" a long time ago and you are a blog that slipped from my radar. I've missed your blog-will get caught back up. Thanks for your kind words. You guys are doing a great job with the farm.

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  21. hey Sue - so sorry your vacation was wrecked from being sick - that sucks! it sure was nice to meet you at Dani's blog and i want you to know that i have added you to our blogroll. i notice a lot of friendly faces here leaving comments...and i have quickly passed through your blog to determine if you have info that we want on our blogroll and am glad to say that i am now reading through all of your archives because i believe i have much to learn!

    your new friend,
    kymber

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    1. Hi Kymber-So glad we've met. Looking forward to seeing all that goes on in your world in the coming months.
      Always nice to "meet" folks.
      Happy Spring
      That Dang Sue
      :)

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    2. That Dang Sue is how i will formally address you from now on - bahahahah! xoxoxo

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    3. I've heard worse muttered under Dear Hubby's breath, so Dang Sue it is!
      Have a good night

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    4. bahahahahahah! dear sweet dang Sue - you near did me in with that - bahahaha!

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  22. Sue,

    Good to see you back and feeling better. Your garden beds are looking good and I see you've prepped them for spring planting.

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    1. Hi Sandy-Yep-I'm ready, but Mother Nature has taken her own vacation.
      Blustery cold and snow showers today. Blech.
      Hope you're enjoying a fine day

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