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Early Spring Gardening

Even though we had a bit of snow last night, I have been very busy puttering around the yard with spring clean up and getting ready for the photo shoot with the book. My favorite spring flowers are pansies. They are so lovely, especially the ruffled variety in this pansy sphere on my front steps. I just adore the blooms and they are entirely edible. The chicken love them!

 

The bird baths have all received a fresh scrub down with water and white vinegar. I love to see the birds taking baths in them from outside the kitchen window.

 

The Lenten roses (Hellebores) are in bloom. They are so beautiful and mesmerizing to me. They are some of my all time favorites and slowly I have a growing patch of these beauties tucked away in the garden. Their leaves stay evergreen all year long.

 

I’ve tilled the soil in the raised beds and mixed in the composting manure that I topped the beds with off last fall. It is completely cured and ready for fresh veggies. So far we’ve planted a stir fry mix, lettuces,spinach, beets, kale and swiss chard. I’ve added Mr. Owl to help deter the critters. So far so good.

 

Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest

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