|Look at these blooms!|
At the top of our list of projects to accomplish this weekend was composting and mulching our garden beds. Although I can't say this is one of my favorite projects, it is an awful lot like painting, instant gratification.
|Look at all that beautiful compost and mulch surrounding my daffodils.|
I make a point of mending my soil every spring with a combination of compost and pine bark mulch. I use pine bark because it is small, and breaks down easily. Here in Lynchburg we have a predominately red clay soil, not exactly the best soil for plants because it holds water, and then in the hot dry summer it tends to become hard and does not encourage root growth. I find that the more compost and mulch I can mix into my soil, the happier my plants are through the hot summer months. Here are a few pictures of the plants that are happily blooming in my garden.
I am hating the neighborhood deer these days! We went away for vacation and came back to this! Do you see my azalea in the lower right corner of the picture above? Normally the deer leave my azaleas alone, but not this year. They came and striped all of the leaves, and flower buds off of my bushes! Right before they bloom! Oh how I hate the neighborhood deer. It has been raining a lot here, so I have been spraying liquid fence on my plants weekly.
Oh how I love spring! It is just so beautiful around here these days. Now if I will only stop sneezing!