I am a down to earth guy. I like to work in my backyard garden.
I took the Cast Iron plants out of the house all except for one. I will keep that one in the house all year long because I like to look at it 24/7. But the other 3 and a vine had to go outside on the porch and that is because it's Springtime now and I think the weather will be fair enough for the rest of the season. I raked leaves that were blown against the backyard fence. I piled lots of them in the compost areas that I bordered with landscape timbers.
Then I managed to put at least 6 large lawn and leaf bags out front for the city to take. I can't use all of it. The trees in our yard tend to overwhelm the landscape with too many leaves. The result of having raked and mowed the lawn and placing mulched leaves in the beds where the roses and blackberries grow will give lots of nutrients and hold more moisture for them. The first few blooms of a rose and many fresh new bluebonnets also. The back yard is full of them. The reason for it is that I used to throw out bags of wild bird seed out and put about 6 bird baths so after several years of time passed by, I managed to get a pretty good variety of wild growth that is green still and doesn't matter to me it isn't bermuda grass or st. augustine grass. As long as I keep it mowed down regularly it makes a nice green carpet for me to walk on and keeps the birds and squirrels happy.
I may try to grow a few ruby reds but don't know if the seeds are fertile. I figure I may need to go to the garden center to see if they have any of them already big enough to transplant and see what happens.
It keeps me in good spirits to work around the yard, now that the weather seems to have improved lately. When I go to the garden center I am envious of those who have enough money to buy all the things they want, like pansies, marigolds, tomatoes and cucumbers. I may grow some of these myself, but it is always risky with the wild squirrels that frequent our Pin Oak acorn covered backyard.
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