Spring Chores During Winter - Go Figure!

Posted by F&S

We keep talking about what a mild winter it’s been.  Driving around the farm the other day, we observed a lot of action going on in the vegetable garden.  I guess if it’s going to be unseasonably warm, you might as well take advantage of the situation!

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Sharkey, what are they guys doing in the vegetable garden?  It usually doesn't see much action this time of year!  Let's investigate!

1 Sharkey, what are they guys doing in the vegetable garden? It usually doesn't see much action this time of year! Let's investigate!

Normally, in the depths of winter, the ground is so frozen you couldn't possibly dig like that.  Plus, it's usually covered with snow!

2 Normally, in the depths of winter, the ground is so frozen you couldn't possibly dig like that. Plus, it's usually covered with snow!

That's right, Franny!  This has been an exceptionally mild winter, allowing for the guys to get a head start on garden preparations for the spring!

3 That's right, Franny! This has been an exceptionally mild winter, allowing for the guys to get a head start on garden preparations for the spring!

At the start of every growing season, the garden gets turned over, meaning the first ten to twelve inches of soil is dug up and flipped.

4 At the start of every growing season, the garden gets turned over, meaning the first ten to twelve inches of soil is dug up and flipped.

But, before that happens, any weeds are cultivated out and discarded in the compost pile.  There, those weeds get 'cooked' by the heat of the decaying organic matter, killing their seeds.

5 But, before that happens, any weeds are cultivated out and discarded in the compost pile. There, those weeds get 'cooked' by the heat of the decaying organic matter, killing their seeds.

Once that job is done, the digging begins, a process that aerates the soil.  You could even spread a layer of compost first to incorporate more nutrients into the soil.  You can smell that this soil is very nutrient-rich!

6 Once that job is done, the digging begins, a process that aerates the soil. You could even spread a layer of compost first to incorporate more nutrients into the soil. You can smell that this soil is very nutrient-rich!

Phurba, you're doing a splendid job!  Franny, aerating sounds like a good idea, but it seems like so much work.  Why is this done for the garden?  Isn't it just...dirt?

7 Phurba, you're doing a splendid job! Franny, aerating sounds like a good idea, but it seems like so much work. Why is this done for the garden? Isn't it just...dirt?

Think about it, Sharkey! This isn't just dirt, it's what plants live in!  Aeration helps replenish nutrients and provides a loose soil for vegetable roots to grow deep and strong.

8 Think about it, Sharkey! This isn't just dirt, it's what plants live in! Aeration helps replenish nutrients and provides a loose soil for vegetable roots to grow deep and strong.

Right!  It's all coming back to me now, Francesca.  It also helps with good water drainage.  Is this the next section to turn?

9 Right! It's all coming back to me now, Francesca. It also helps with good water drainage. Is this the next section to turn?

Yikes!!!  No way, Sharkey.  This is Martha's prized asparagus and rhubarb plot.  This section never gets turned!

10 Yikes!!! No way, Sharkey. This is Martha's prized asparagus and rhubarb plot. This section never gets turned!

Sharkey, all this talk about vegetables and nutrients has made me hungry!  Let's go find a snack!

11 Sharkey, all this talk about vegetables and nutrients has made me hungry! Let's go find a snack!

Comments (12)

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., WOW! You girls look so cute out there in the garden even though it is really still winter time! Our weather has been nice and warm for several days just like yours is-very unusual, isn't it! Love your jackets and the information you gave us about getting a garden ready to plant when spring finally comes! Hey Cora-Belle, sounds like you are having a great time traveling around your area in this warm weather and checking on who's around there! Sure hope all of you wonderful friends are having a great time, also! Take care everyone and have lots of fun! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hi Gals,
    Great gardening. You've got me thinking that I need to get Mimi going on Spring yard chores.
    I found a dried up worm to roll on yesterday! It was great. Got to keep the good smells....mmmmm.
    Good luck Basil with the Vet appointment. Hope all is O.K., buddy.
    Kirby, sorry your itches are back. My next door neighbor, Errol, told me that the wearing a hood is no fun.
    Bailey, are you out there? Been waiting to hear from you.
    Have a swell day everybody...your pal, Rebel

  • Hi girls,
    Once again, you are busy helping at the farm. You are such a great help to Martha.
    Karen said to tell you she saw your squirrel yesterday. It was practically outside of your kitchen door. Maybe it was waiting for you to come out to play
    hehehehehe
    Cora-Belle, James and Lucinda are soooooo thoughtful to take you for a drive around your property. I hope you have a blast. Bark your butt off at those critters.
    Basil, did you eat? I sure hope so. Kirby, again with the collar? That is a shame. I hope you heal quickly.
    Well, Glue Squad, I was up late last night so I think I am going back to b e d
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    One of these days I will learn to drive and then I’ll take my Daddy’s truck and visit with you two. My only problem is I don’t have any money for the fuel to run that truck. I had better work on one problem at a time. First the driving and then the money; or is it the other way around? Mommy and Daddy were gone for about four hours last evening and I was good. I didn’t pull out any hair. I waited until they came home then I showed them that I was displeased with them going away without me. Right now I am spending time with my Daddy. Think I will take a nap.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi F & S! Yesterday I tried 4 TIMES to post and nothing, nada, nichts...very frustrating indeed...what gives? :-(

    soil looks nice and rich and how great that the guys were able to aerate it...what hard labor, eh!

    unhappy glue squader :-(
    delia and Kitty

  • Good Morning F & S

    My mom had her gardener at the house on Monday. They tilled the ground, put down more topsoil and then poop. Yes POOP!! It smelled like a farm until they got it all blended in - I don't know why she had to buy poop with 4 dogs we have enough to fill the entire garden.

    Basil are you eating?? You're in my prayers little buddy :)

    Yesterday was not a good day Sophie chewed up 2 of dad's books and I got so excited watching her rip the books apart I went and chewed up the TP. Dad was not a happy camper. Then he waits till mom comes home so she can see it and she got in a bad mood. Then I find out SUPER NANNY is coming this weekend!!! Mom and dad are going to Washington for the weekend and SN is moving in - could my day get any worse :(

    Zoe

  • Hello Ladies,
    I see you are already doing chores for spring. You need some rest you know. Hopefully Mama Martha is doing something sprecial for all her little sweethearts. You are soooo energetic and helpful to Mama. Where is that brother of your's? Is he off already for the Westminster Dog Show? When is that--does anyone know? Cora Belle, I know you barking at the critters for me helped me out--I ate a really good dinner. Mom keeps telling me you can't take meds without food. Oh, and Baby Favor, thank you so much for the info on the French Bulldog Rescue Network. Mom always donates her money from making her dog biscuits in the fall to a rescue or no kill shelter. She loved the FBRN and it is the donation for this fall. It was sad to see so many had passed this last week, but know that their lives were lived out happily. We got 6 more inches of snow on Monday and I am setteled in front of the fire again today. Oh, and Zoe, glad to hear you zoom up your steps. I kind of kreep up mine slowly. But whatever gets you where you are going. Kirby, I wish I had a magic wond and could make all of our ills go away. Mom wants that wond for all of us. Take care buddies and have a good day. Ann, lots of chickie soup you here.

    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hope everyone feels and stays better soon! We had sporadic winter temps here in Texas too!
    Can't wait for Westminster, and hope to see GK win his group! It's on next Monday and Tuesday on USA and CNBC. Later, friends.

  • More chores around the farm for you ladies, does it ever end? Thanks for more great info regarding why aerating the ground is so important.

    Must be interesting getting to smell different things that are normally hidden away under the snow.

    Kirby Bear hang in there with your fur. I'll trade you weather, it's only 32 degrees here. Go get em' Cora-Belle, you let those critters know that you're still a force to be reckoned with. :wink:

  • yes, frenchies, lots of outdoor work to do..I see buds coming on the trees and bushes..Basil, so happy you had a big meal..I eat a big breakfast..egg, rice, pumpkin and special joint dog food..then a ton of snacks during the day..must help get things ready..Samantha( Lucinda daughter) is coming home to the farm/ranch for a visit..we don't see her very often as she is really busy..and Joe(Las Vegas Metro police) is coming with her..what fun..I love going thur her suitcase..she has Rototiller, the red cattledog, though he is staying home...darn!Lucinda says I can't run around like a mad fiend but just watch and see...I am so excited!..wish it were Sat.,.. you fellow glue squaders have a good day..off to take more meds and formulate a plan to terrorize Sam while she is her..over and out, Cora-belle p.s., glad everybody uses their stairs I love my stairs to the bed and the ramp in and out of the house..can hardly wait to tell the outdoor critters a Las Vegas Metro policeman will be here spying on them and they better be on their best behavior or they will be arrested....he..he..he..outdoor critters that laughed at my homemade vest!

  • Well F & S all this talk of a beautiful veg garden makes me hungry as well, even at midnight. Would love to have an asparagus bed!

  • Hi beautiful Frenchies, we are all looking forward to spring and I have been patrolling around the garden which is still dormant and brown looking. No rabbits in the garden so far. Hope you enjoy more warm days in the garden!

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