Money plant (Lunaria annua) has survived the winter.
Heck of a title isn't it? It gives a quick synopsis of what I plan to mention here but the thing most obvious to me right now is that I AM BEAT!
For over twenty years I have been meaning to rework a flower bed that runs the length of our attached greenhouse. It is about three foot tall, enclosed with cemented rock and the concrete of the greenhouse foundation and about 2.5 feet wide.
For all this time I have just been adding flowers without improving the soil and am now paying the price with rock hard clay and compacted soil. A tenacious weed has also called it home for most of those 20 years and I am REALLY paying for that right now.
Bindweed is in the morning glory family but the root does not die back like the annual flowers. The annuals are pesky enough by reseeding but this bindweed sends out long roots that can regenerate from little pieces, so just digging it up is not a simple task.
It breaks easily so clumps of hard soil that have pieces of root have to be pulverized or it is just about as good as planting a new plant. Over the past three days I have been slowly pick axing the bed and hand picking every little piece of root I can find.
After I pulverize the soil and remove the roots I mix it with about 50/50 of soil and composted, wood chip mulch. I still have a good day more of picking, sifting and mixing but I don't expect to be doing it again in my lifetime so I can stop worrying about it.
There are a lot of purple, bearded iris in the bed, so as I remove them, (some with flowers) I am replanting them but I am still going to come up with about fifty plants extra, so I will move them, along with a bunch of subdivided daffodils down to our lot in Bell Buckle.
I need to thin the daylilies down there so maybe I'll swap daylilies for iris and daffodils. Any way you look at it, I still have plenty of digging and planting to do.
The pictured money plant (Lunaria annua) has come back well, even though a lot of it was killed by the extreme winter we had this year. Something that has not come back (at least yet) is our catnip. I have a volunteer that somehow got in a pot in the greenhouse, so if all else fails, I will replant it outside.
Oh yes, the garden club meeting. We will be meeting at the UT Extension office on Friday May 2nd and the main topic will be composting, with a presentation by a Master Gardener who went through the course in Rutherford County. To my knowledge, we still do not have a MG program in Bedford County. Maybe lack of interest?
More about this later in a separate post, but the technical meeting after that, on Friday JUNE 6th, (I MADE A MISTAKE AND ORIGINALLY SAID ANOTHER DATE. JUNE 6TH IS CORRECT) will again be by a Master Gardener with the topic being organic growing.