We've had very warm weather for us in January the last few days. Friday it was 70 degrees Fahrenheit!
Saturday wasn't that warm, but it was still nice. My wonderful husband and I took advantage of the nice weather to do our tree pruning. We prune the trees while they are "asleep" for the winter. The locust tree in the back garden had a couple of branches that touch the patio when it is full of leaves, and there are always a few branches growing across another branch. My WH loves climbing trees so he set to work on the locust.
I pruned the small trees like our redbuds. I also removed some old rough canes from the lilacs. It's easier to get into the lilacs and see which canes are showing signs of decay when there are no leaves. Also, removing the older wood reduces places for the ash lilac borer to lay its eggs and kill those canes anyway. I don't prune the tips of the lilac canes until after they've bloomed for the year. I also pruned our red twig dogwood and brought some of the nicest branches inside to put in a vase.
I also checked out the cold frame where I planted radishes and lettuce late last fall. I thought the lettuce was dead after our sub zero temperatures for New Year's but look it's growing.
I ate one of the leaves. Yum! I actually ate a leaf of lettuce from my garden while sitting in my garden in January. Crazy. There is not much there and it is growing slowly but I'm happy with my experiment.
After Thanksgiving, the lady where I work who decorates the front lobby for the holidays came to me with a little bag of gourds I'd grown last year wanting to know if I wanted them back. I had brought her some for the decorations. I said, "sure, I'll just throw them in the compost pile." A little while later, she returned to ask me if I wanted the two pumpkins and the gourds she had purchased too. I said, "yes!" My WH and I made roasted pumpkin seeds and I saved these two gourds with plans to harvest the seeds.
The multi colored gourd cut easily with a knife but the bumpy gourd was hard. My WH used the tree saw to cut it open for me.
I'm going to try to grow some of these gourds in the garden this year.
I also picked up trash that has blown into the garden and watered the strawberry plants.
The weather forecast is calling for another artic front to come through Garden on Sherlock Street with snow Monday into Tuesday.
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