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May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Thursday, February 03, 2011

You may be knee deep in snow, and I am not

Here in the Pacific Northwest we have had a relatively mild winter.

This morning, I decided to begin cleaning up my vegetable garden. The weeds are starting to take over and it is much easier to pull them when the ground is damp and the soil still loose. I pulled most of the weeds from the raised beds, and next I have to work on getting rid of the ones growing on the paths surrounding the beds.

The weeds growing in the gravel surrounding the raised beds and recycled car tires I grow veggies in, are relatively easy to pull, but I gave up after about an hour as it is still too cold to stay out for too long. My fingers were quite painful until they warmed up. I will do just a little cleanup as the weather permits. I am going to get the peas in the raised beds very soon, and place row covers over them.

Sedum is making an appearance.

Daffodils in a pot by the front door .

And the Blueberries are starting to bud. I sure hope we don't get a severe cold snap as I am sure the blueberries will not survive.

Now! what to do about this little guy/gal. It really is the cutest , most friendly little creature, but it has made a home in my fenced front garden. Yes I did say fenced, a fence which is two feet tall surrounds the flower garden and this is the only rabbit which has jumped over the fence easy as you please. I have sprayed, on several occasions, Liquid fence around the perimeter of the garden and also all over the plants. The rabbit took off the first time the spray came near it, but it is there back inside the fence every morning. I guess I will just have to get the spray out and chase it away every time I see it. Perhaps in this way I can at least discourage it from being inside the fence.


meemsnyc said...

How jealous I am of your mild winter weather! Wanna trade? It's so cute that you still have the friendly bunnies visiting you every day!

Darla said...

It's amazing how much you can accomplish if you do a little everyday. I do want to know how you are going to get that bunny out of your fenced's the only home it knows.

Tufa Girl said...

I know it is a bit of trouble, but can you create a bit of garden just for him? He is sooo cute.

Heather at Dusty Bay said...

Same here! I was outside for a few hours digging and pulling ivy (yuck) but ya gotta love this weather!

Becca's Dirt said...

Cutest little thing. Awe he won't eat much! Yea right you say. Looks good to see someone working in the gardens.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jennifer, That is one cute bunny. He looks like someone's pet.

Today was much warmer I thought. Aren't we lucky to have avoided all the crazy weather back east?

Bangchik said...

We never had snow here... probably in another life and another millineum...
~bangchik and kakdah
Tanah Merah, Kelantan.

Tessa @ Blunders with Shoots, Blossoms 'n Roots said...

Well he is cute, I'll give him that- what trouble though- maybe you should name him trouble :). I remember trying to get ahead of the weeds this time of year when I lived in Portland- now I live in Redmond and the weeds don't show up for a while, but neither does anything else! We are starting all over, so there is a lot of work to do :)

Happy almost spring to you

Shake-Away said...

Keewee – Out East we are still snow-bound and definitely jealous of your mild weather. Your furry visitor is cute but comes with a big appetite. Shake-Away® Small Critter is a certified organic repellant safe for use around gardens (, and an application of the granular formula (no liquid mess!) lasts several weeks depending on conditions. You should be able to find it at an Ace Hardware store, or your local garden store. We wish you a happy and productive start to your spring gardening!
Team Shake-Away

Bonnie said...

Hey, no fair! We are having an old-fashioned winter. It hasn't stopped snowing. I keep saying "I just have to get through February." Love your bunny, I don't think I've ever seen a black wild one. Ours are brown.