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Of poo and perennials

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The warm temps have been glorious!  And that’s gotten gardeners outside taking care of those plants left for winter interest like ornamental grasses and perennials.

Sedum left up for winter interest

Sedum left up for winter interest

sedum

sedum

Leave 2 to 3 inches of the stems so that bunnies who come by to dine on those fresh greens might think twice if they realize they’ll get poked in the eye with a “relatively” sharp stick!  Now is also a good time to topdress your garden beds with organic matter or composted manure.   Never use raw manure.

A comprehensive guide to nutrient values of varying manures [Purdue University Extension]

Rodale’s Organic Life

Fine Gardening article

Be careful of free stuff!  I made the mistake of getting composted horse manure from a farmer who had scooped up rocks into the mix as well.  I had to dig out what was deposited into my raised garden bed and will be filling it back in with a blend from a more reliable local source.  Live and learn!!  😉

Other options include Creekside Soils mix of Composted Cow Manure and other products including their new Supreme Gardeners Mix.

Creekside compost with manureCreekside composted cow manure

 

creekside supreme gardeners mix

Remember to be very careful if you’re raking your lawn, those roots are delicate during this time of year and if you’re too rough, you could further damage your lawn.

barrel

I just about lost my rain barrel over the winter.  I wasn’t thinking and the half-full barrel froze which bowed out the bottom of the plastic container.  My husband wrestled it off the blocks and got it out in the sun and, surprisingly, it looks like the bottom may be righting itself.  Reminder to myself and you – if you have a rain barrel, empty the contents BEFORE winter!  It also looks like I need to spray paint again!  I used 2 shades of green for that camo look!  ?

 

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