***warning: if you don't like bug guts, you may want to skip the last photo in this post.***
A warm Saturday afternoon gave me the chance to do a little garden clean up. I raked back the straw left on the raised vegetable beds and smoothed out the lumps a bit. I'm trying to not disturb the soil too much, but the straw I had dug into the beds last fall didn't break down a lot because we didn't get much moisture during the first part of winter.
When I raked back the straw behind this cold frame, I saw the garlic sprouts. I planted the garlic last fall. It is looking good. I carefully recovered the sprouts after I took the photos.
Here are the two beds. Soil smoothed, straw spread back to hold moisture, cages on top to hold straw. I'm hoping to plant in the cold frames soon. Although, we have snow forecast for Tuesday.
I also gave the lavender a haircut.
I generally leave my plants through the winter to add interest to the landscape and to catch snow. In March, we cut back all the plants that will resprout with the warm weather.
This robin visited the bird bath while we were working outside.
Another sign of spring are the leaves of the surprise lilies. The leaves will grow then die back and disappear before the blooms arrive this summer.
If you've read this blog for very long, you probably know how I hunt for squash bugs. In fact, my "Squash Bug Hunter" post shows up as the one with the most views on my Blogger Stats. Well, squash bugs hibernate through the winter. Just by chance, I moved a block of straw I had laid by the locust tree last fall and found a lot of squash bugs.
They were sleepy so they were easy to pick off the straw and place on the patio. We counted 39 squash bugs.
My wonderful husband enjoyed squashing the squash bugs.
By the way, squash bug stink when you squash them.
***you were warned.***
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