I’m not sure if it was negligence on my part, laziness, or forgetfulness that caused me to over winter two of my yard machines with gasoline still in them; a small 14″ chain saw, and weed eater. The saw finally took to the treatment, started, and is now in good working condition. But the weed eater is still mad at me. I think its fuel filter is all gummed up (I’d be mad too) and I don’t see how to replace it without removing the gas tank. I’m hoping a day or two of sunny warm weather will prompt it to de-gum itself before I result to drastic measures.
In the meantime, there’s other gardening chores that need my attention. My wife covered two areas of sod with old newspapers, some cardboard and leaves last fall and those spots need tilled in with amendments. I think she said something about growing specific flowers that dry well for use in wreaths and what not.
I also want to move a bunch of hostas into containers. It’s going on four years now since I started a new hosta garden in the front yard, under three very tall blue spruce trees. I’ve waited for those hostas, and a few other companion plants, to fill in but I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re not getting enough water. Kerry Meyer, over at Proven Winners, suggested I put them in containers until I find the right spot. “I had some leftover hostas after moving, and divided some that were here when we bought our house. I put them in a pot to ‘hold’ them until I decided where to put them. Two years later and they are still in the pot and looking great.” That’s from an email Kerry sent. I think that’s a great idea, but first I’ll have to mix up a sizable amount of potting soil and gather enough pots.
I never have to worry about draining the gas in my mower and storing it over the winter because it’s in use pretty much year round. It’s almost 20 years old and still runs good. Mowing has begun here, and I’m sure most of y’all are all too familiar with how often you have to do that in early spring. I mentioned being negligent earlier; last fall I didn’t clean the decks or sharpen the blades on the mowers, which caused me to get behind on mowing. As fast as the grass is growing now, I don’t like getting behind on that chore.
Some folks have suggested (and I’ve often pondered the idea myself) that I do away with my lawn altogether so I wouldn’t have to worry about mowing. That’s not practical in my case, and I really do love my lawn. It makes for a great pitching green and I need all the golf practice I can get. There’s other benefits of having a lawn that George Ball talks about in his essay “Lawn Love.” I think Mr. Ball is a great writer; he reminds me of those critical theorists we talked about in college (Walk2Write in Florida and other English majors are probably familiar with literary criticism) who discuss such things as structuralism and semiotics, deconstruction and formalism. (I was urged by an English professor to attend graduate school in their lit crit program and probably should have taken him up on the offer.)
As y’all might have noticed, I write about more than just gardening here. I hope it’s not too distracting. But you never know, I might decide to discuss the famous Deconstructionist Jacques Derrida and his “There is nothing outside the text” theory in the future.
And now, a few photos: