Look who’s hard at work in the garden!

Feb 22, 2015 | 3 comments

Farmer Nyel and Helpers

Farmer Nyel and Helpers

My nose wasn’t quite as much to grindstone as planned yesterday because the view out the north windows called to me all afternoon. It’s the first time in several years that Nyel has actually spent a sustained period working in the garden! Hooray for his surgery, his physical therapy, and his diligence!

And I wasn’t the only one to notice! The girls were right there with him most of the time. I don’t think they accomplished much, but Nyel got one of the raised beds all ready for my dahlia bulbs. He is busy reorganizing his erstwhile vegetable garden. The plan is to have three large raised beds rather than two large and several small ones. And he’s promised that I can have one for a cutting garden.

Dahlia Garden Plan

Dahlia Garden Plan

It will start out with dahlias – mostly because we have scads of bulbs. Dave has rescued them from the center beds that are about to be converted to lawn. It’s all part of our Easier Maintenance Plan – or so we hope. But I certainly don’t want to give up flowers completely. I love the color in the garden and I love it that we are able to have fresh flowers pretty much year round. The dahlias are a must for late summer and fall.

And speaking of Dave… he’s been doing yeoman’s work out there. He’s weeded and pruned and transplanted and dug – all of which is gradually transforming the garden into a much more manageable state for us two old folks. Plus it’s looking less raggedy around the edges and more like somebody cares.

Busy Girls!

Busy Girls!

But, so far anyway, I haven’t seen the chickens cozying up to Dave. When he’s here, they let him work his side of the yard (wherever that might be) and they work theirs. They remain aloof. However, Nyel hadn’t been outside for more than ten minutes yesterday when there they were pecking and poking nearby.

Plus, did I mention that we are now getting brown eggs from the Wyandotte and blue eggs from at least one of the Ameraucanas? First time since last summer. Since Nyel was down for the count after his surgery. There’s no doubt in my mind that those girls are excited to have Farmer Nyel back in the garden. All is now right with their world!

3 Comments

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    Sounds like alls right in your world, too.

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  2. Nancy Holden

    Would LOVE to have some of those fresh eggs !!

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  3. Caroline Miller

    Delighted to see the surgery worked out so well.

    Reply

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