Sunday, April 15, 2012

That time of year again

Time to reactivate the garden! Temperatures have fallen back from the dizzying highs of last month, but they're still quite warm. I got out the rototiller yesterday and turned over both gardens. I've even planted some seeds - sweet peas along one side of the chickenwire fence surrounding the garden, and real peas at the other end. I could have planted more, but I've ordered two more varieties of peas, and I'll plant them when they arrive. I'm so glad I ordered the seed potatoes to come early. Dean is even hinting that we should plant a few of our leftover potatoes that are starting to sprout right now. He may be right; it's a shame to waste this good weather, and potatoes don't have to worry about morning frost.

It's going to be an exciting spring; we're also getting our back deck replaced. I've been thinking for 2 years that it needed replacing, as some boards have begun to rot. It started with just a few on the raised benches around the outside, but last year some boards right ON the deck began getting dangerous, so I knew it was time. But what really tore it was just as the winter began, Dean stepped on the stairs leading from the deck to the ground, and the whole staircase collapsed under him! It just broke off from the deck and hit the ground - not too great a distance, fortunately, only about a 1-foot drop, but it was quite a shock. We're still able to climb down from the deck, but it's in a hopeless condition now. Time to get it replaced.

We'd been thinking about this lovely aluminum decking, but it's become extremely expensive, and we just can't afford it. I think we'll go for pressure-treated wood, but we're also going to get some awnings for the TV room and the kitchen window, to block the afternoon sun. That's another thing I've wanted for a long time, and if we get a wood deck, we can afford it.

This time I'll have to learn how to take care of a deck, with yearly protective stains and all that. We never did anything at all to take care of the original deck, and even so, it lasted 10 years under our abuse! I hope we can make a new deck last as long as we do. Once the work starts, I'll take pictures of the progress.

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