Garden ShapeUp Along: Before and After II

by Daisy

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I’m back with some more progress to report. Above pic is the asparagus bed; taken over by renegade blackberry vines, deadnettle, hairy bittercress, creeping charlie, peppermint, bermuda grass, overly enthusiastic bee balm, dead leaves, and general mayhem. It was so thick I put it off forever and barely knew where to start. In the end I just started at one end and worked my way along, bit by bit. I put cardboard on the path beside it and mulched over the cardboard with pine straw.


IMG_7298I weeded this bed so hard I think I scared the asparagus away from peeking up for at least another month, if not for the whole year.  It had to be done, though. Ever reach down to cut an asparagus spear and scrape right across a blackberry cane with your bare hand?

The remaining green is mache/corn salad. If you’ve never grown mache, I highly recommend it. Mild, buttery leaves, extremely cold hardy.

Remember this thing?


Now it makes a little more sense, and I’ll have to stop calling it a Thing. Tool holder? Tool rack? Tool stand? I know: Tool Thing.


See that tin cup in the top right corner? The Curb Whisperer and I dug that up at an old prison dump site. Every time I look at it I picture it being dragged across the prison bars like in the movies.

I use it to pour rainwater around tender seedlings.

I think it’s happier now.

And last for today, this is the espalier area before:


And after:


It’s not a dramatic difference, but I did weed and mulch and get the Virginia Creeper and dead Passionflower vines off the fence. I should probably wash the fence to remove the green. I probably won’t, though.

On the right is a plum tree and on the left is the peach. You can barely see them, but there are blueberry bushes, small ones, behind the trees. The border has a succession of flowers; first come the daffodils, of course, then daylilies, irises, blackeyed susans, and purple coneflowers, as well as comfrey.

The comfrey grows so tall it covers the first cordon of the trees if I don’t keep it cut down. It comes back and flowers again and again.

Keep going back to your master list and keep marking things off.

Link to your photos if you have ’em in the comments.




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Judy Stewart March 8, 2016 at 6:58 am

Do you use your comfrey?

Or just enjoy it as a planting?

Daisy March 8, 2016 at 7:07 am

Judy Stewart–I pick some to feed the chickens, make comfrey fertilizer, slash and leave it to fertilize around other plants, make poultices, and infuse it in oil for salve.
It’s very useful around the homeplace! It is just plain pretty, too.

Diane March 8, 2016 at 7:11 am

I so admire your progress. I can imagine the sore muscles you must have but also the pride of a job well done. Now, if I could just force myself to get busy and start the cleanup! Lol Luckily I did do some fall and winter trimming already but always more to do. Have a good day.

Bonnie North March 8, 2016 at 7:38 am

I like the tool thing – now that I see it attached to the wall and with objects hanging from it, I want one too.
Nice job on your progress Daisy. Inspirational!
Wait until you see my “garden” pictures – aka my “fetid pit of shame”. Fortunately, the snow is still obscuring it, and likely will for a few more months. Lucky me.

Daisy March 9, 2016 at 8:49 am

Bonnie–Months! I can’t get over that. I guess we’re all used to what we know. Spring must be very sweet indeed in Ontario.

Daisy March 9, 2016 at 8:51 am

Diane–Thank you. I have a week of rain ahead to rest up for the next round of cleanup. You were smart to get started last fall.

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