On the good days we have been right around the garden doing the spring maintenance. We have pruned the fruit trees and vines and retied the climbers and composted a lot of the plants and soil. The soil here is solid clay - sticky and claggy but luckily we know some people in the village who keep horses, so we arranged to have a tractor trailer load of manure delivered, which now sits in a very large heap in our roadway. David spent almost a whole day helping them load the trailer, but well worth the effort. Haha! Easy for me to say I know!
One very large heap of ... manure! waiting to go on the garden
Our new fuchsia - bit of a gamble we will let you know how it gets on
All pegged out and ready to go
When we both go out in the garden, managing the dogs before we go is like preparing for an intricate military manoeuvre. We can't trust them out in the front garden because Kizi climbs over the wall if she is left unattended and wanders off. She comes back when she has been for a look around, but we worry that she will get run over so we don't allow it. The puppies stand and bark at everything and drive us crazy if they are outside on their own, but if we leave them all inside we are worried about Little-E getting hurt in one of their scraps. So Little-E goes in her cage and we have to remove all our ornaments, computer, kindles, books etc. etc or Red eats them. They are quite happy to be with us, but at the moment the back area where we are working is thick mud and not conducive to dogs running around, so they have to stay indoors and we pray they will behave.
It is absolutely fantastic to be able to get back outdoors after being cooped up inside for so long and utter pleasure to see the trees in bud and that the plants are coming back to life. It makes us feel that summer is around the corner now - yippee!