Hectic couple of weeks

Greetings from the Ewoldt Homestead.  The last couple of weeks have been very busy.  In late March or early April each year, I wonder why we put ourselves through the work of an extensive garden.  This year looked particularly bad for some reason.  But, after a couple of weeks of bed weeding, planting and pruning, […]

Greetings from the Ewoldt Homestead.  The last couple of weeks have been very busy.  In late March or early April each year, I wonder why we put ourselves through the work of an extensive garden.  This year looked particularly bad for some reason.  But, after a couple of weeks of bed weeding, planting and pruning, things are starting to shape up.  Now we sit water-logged, with piles of weeds that need to be moved out.  It may take a couple of trash days to get all that accomplished.

I wrapped up the initial bed weeding / getting about 90 percent / and rose pruning yesterday.  Everything now has been opened up and cleared out which hopefully encourages new growth and ups the plants resistance to disease.  Before that could be accomplished, we had one rose become victim to Powdery Mildew.  I completely stripped the plan to the canes yesterday and hopefully weather conditions won’t favor the return of the fungus when new leaves and buds start to return.

We’ve had almost 4 inches of rain over the last several days.  Mowing and weed eating will become quite the chore for a few days once we start to dry out and get some sun.

Rose covered with Powdery Mildew.
Rose covered with Powdery Mildew.

 

New shade bed looking good.  These five plants should cover the entire bed by the end of summer.
New shade bed looking good. These five plants should cover the entire bed by the end of summer.

 

The large perennial bed is always the biggest weeding chore.
The large perennial bed is always the biggest weeding chore.

 

More rose pruning.  Wisteria is beginning to bloom.
More rose pruning. Wisteria is beginning to bloom.

 

Vegetables looking good.  Potatoes, onions, tomatoes, spinach looking the best.
Vegetables looking good. Potatoes, onions, tomatoes, spinach and peas looking the best.

 

Over the last several years, we have released a few thousand ladybugs in the garden.  It appears that a colony has decided it likes what is here and is hanging around.  This is the first year we have seen the transformation from young to adult ladybugs.  They really like the wooden structures to attach themselves to while going through this change.  Pretty cool to see the daily change in a process that takes nearly a week.
Over the last several years, we have released a few thousand ladybugs in the garden. It appears that a colony has decided it likes what is here and is hanging around. This is the first year we have seen the transformation from young to adult ladybugs. They really like the wooden structures to attach themselves to while going through this change. Pretty cool to see the daily change in a process that takes nearly a week.

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