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Doing battle with vinca

June 18th, 2012 at 05:10 pm

Between yesterday and today, I "cleared" a roughly 6 x 6 foot square area inside a fenced garden on the north side of the house. There was poison ivy in there, and vinca growing right up against blueberry bushes. I cleared the first one. Then I transplanted some perennials, then cut holes in a large piece of white plastic.

Tomorrow when i go to the landfill, I'l pick up as much mulch as I can carry, and I'll dump that over the plastic. If that doesn't kill the remaining vinca roots, I don't know what will.

It's extremely tiring work, but if I don't clear it out now, it will only spread more.


Clematis in bloom


More clematis


Astilbe


Yesterday I went on a fruitless search for local eggs. The two homes on a certain local street where I'd seen "Eggs for sale" signs several weeks ago no longer had signs out. Two other locales in town that I knew once sold eggs also aren't doing so now.

I went onto my town's Patch online and found an article talking about all the places in town that sell chicken eggs.

I now know of a farm that sells them and plan to go tomorrow.

Early this a.m. I started work ghostwriting an article for a builder magazine and was able to finish in a couple of hours. I got a brief email back later this afternoon. "Terrific, nice." Smile

So then I billed them, $290.

The last few days have been absolutely LOVELY, weatherwise. Warm, in the 70s, but no humidity. All that's going to change Tuesday night, and Wednesday will be very humid and in the 80s/90s. I'm so bummed to see this great weather go. I imagine my productivity level will drop to 0.

Got some great news from the publisher's. They are setting up new computers and don't want me to come in at all this week. I can work at home all 3 days. Hooray!

Bluebirds already feeding young 'uns, second time around! I love watching them swoop around the yard refining their insect-hunting skills.

3 Responses to “Doing battle with vinca”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    Eggs are slim pickins during the hotter summer months, because the hens either stop laying all together in the heat, or slow down considerably. Good luck with the vinca. It can be brutal!

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Your flowers are very pretty. I've found that www.eatwild.com is a good resource for finding locally produced eggs, meat, and produce. You enter in your state and it lists many places. You have to go through and figure out which ones are near you, but it is worth it. A very valuable resource.

    Another option is to check your local food co-op or organic food store. They may have some brochures in them that list the local farms or other places in your area. We have one here called Farm Finder, but of course yours would be different.

  3. Looking Forward Says:

    Your flowers are lovely. Smile
    Good luck on your egg hunt and staying cool.

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