Spring is Springing

Spring is coming on fast to the Southwest Backyard. Last week was windy and cool. This week in the 70’s and tomorrow 84. Time to start on spring chores. I need to roto till the garden (minus my Permaculture area). Cut the grass down really short. Clean out the pool and get the chlorine levels back up. Number one this week is to get everything trimmed, bushes vines and trees. I have finished the front yard and have taken care of the peach tree, fig and rose bushes. Earlier in this blog are photos of the peach and fig. Below are the after photos. Not sure I have a clue how to trim a rose bush but gave it my best shot.DSCF1661 DSCF1662

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Spring Gardening Catalogs

Received another catalog this morning. Interestingly I had never seen “grafted” vegetable transplants before. The photos appear impressive vs the normal seedlings started indoors. Alittle pricey but I may try one or two. Anyone tried these?

Have a permaculture experiment going on this winter. Trying a modified “hagelkultur” technique. Covered half the empty garden with six layers of newspaper and then covered with old lawn clippings. This area had been roto tilled for 3 springs prior. We will see. This ground is horrible. As the neighborhood expanded 20 yrs ago all the scrap was pushed into the next empty lot and the new house was built on top. Roto tilling this is similar to working on a parking lot. Usually takes 3 years of tilling and adding compost to get any type of yield. Maybe if this experiment works I will not need to till except to open new areas.