After the monsoon Friday night, the weekend morphed into a rather nice one. Saturday was spent in VT - work done on the car, visit with my parents, sister and BIL, weeding, watering and cleaning up in the greenhouse, then home. I had hoped to get some things done in the garden, but I had a friend coming over for dinner, so those hopes were jettisoned out the door.
That led to a very busy day on Sunday. Besides the usual Sunday activities (dog walking, barn/cow visiting, baking), my neighbor showed up to mow my grass and zap my weeds. What a difference! However, I realized that, as time double-times along, I will soon be mowing my own grass and zapping my own weeds - my neighbor is closing in on 80 and has slowed down noticeably this year. Even though he insists on helping me, I can read the writing on the wall. I am researching cordless weed trimmers - I really can't take all that noise, especially on top of my neighbor's endless chainsawing and his grandson's little, very annoying motor scooter. That he drives up and down and up and down and up and down their driveway. It seems they save their hearing-challenging activities for Sunday.
Laundry got washed and hung on the line. It was a perfect laundry day - not too hot but sunny and breezy. Three loads were washed and dried in no time. Then there was weeding, shoveling, hauling, weeding, shoveling, hauling, raking, etc. I got all but one of the raised beds ready for planting. I had already planted three kinds of beets, three kinds of kale, collard greens (new this year), mustard greens (ditto) and chard. The garlic is growing well, the onions are coming along, and I think I am finally seeing the evergreen bunching onions coming up (new). I have about three wheelbarrow-fuls of dirt from the pile that has been 'aging' on my driveway for two years. Once that's gone, I can call in my shifty neighbor with the gravel business who offered to deliver free stone 'just because he's a good neighbor'. I'll believe that when I see it in my driveway.
All that's needed in the garden is to finish topping off one bed and to plant everything. Each early spring, I tell myself it's time to cut back, as I am only planting for one person. Every late spring, I have run out of room. It looks as if I will have to get inventive when it comes to my summer squash. But all of this is moot. Nothing else is getting planted because we had two morning of frost. Which zapped my strawberry flowers. Looks like the harvest will be delayed. I did remember to swaddle my lemon tree - which is fruiting up very nicely...
Inside, things are fermenting -- a batch of kombucha and milk kefir, to be exact. I am slowly bringing my kefir back to life and this is my first time with kombucha. I have been smart enough this time to put the jars way separate - no co-mingling of those little bacteria - and, at the same time, somewhere where I won't forget them (who, me?) Fun! I was looking forward to adding fresh strawberries into my daily kefir, but will have to - sigh - settle for my frozen blueberries. Poor me.