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While it is technically not spring yet, I always refer to anything done in the gardens from February on as Spring clean up!  Late winter clean up does not sound as fresh and hopeful.

By getting Coulter Park cleaned up in Long Beach yesterday, we have now narrowed down the Long Beach garden clean ups to just two remaining, but they are big ones:  The berms behind the parking lots and the dreaded Beach Approach clean up job.  The latter has 13 sections, each of which takes at least two hours, and is one of the two worst jobs in bad weather, especially wind.  (The other is Discovery Heights, the middle and top gardens.)

In contrast, Coulter Park was an excellent, sheltered place to work on a windy and drizzly day.

Coulter Park, south side, before

Coulter Park, south side, before

Coulter Park, south side, after

Coulter Park, south side, after

Coulter Park, north side, before

Coulter Park, north side, before

Coulter Park, north side, after

Coulter Park, north side, after

Normally our motto is “Just say No to Barkscapes”, but I told Mike Kitzman, parks manager, that I would love for this park to be barked with a rather fine, not too red, bark that he did three other of the shrubby parks with so far this year.

After dumping a whole trailer load of debris, it was 3 o’ clock and I cast about for something to fill in the rest of the day.  Aha!   We had a project in the making at The Depot Restaurant.  The bed at the kitchen entry had been planted years ago, by someone else, with Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, a handsome, non culinary plant with a relatively short period of bloom.  It had spread and spread, as is its wont, and I had suggested to Chef Michael that it would be so much nicer to have herbs there, and he had enthusiastically agreed.  But could we get it done before dark?

in late February

in late February

It had taken us almost a month to get back to the nasty grass infested raised bed.  (To those who wonder about railroad ties and edibles, the sides of this bed were lined before the soil was put in.)  This bed was made before one could get a good soil mix delivered in bulk, so the old soil is nasty, heavy, sodden, rooty old cranberry bog dirt.

It took a pick and much heaving to get the corms and grass roots out.  I hope we got it dug out deep enough.  Had I known just how rooty it would be, I would have had some newspaper to lay down or maybe even dug the whole thing out to the ground.  Here’s hoping that the grass does not just pop back with pernicious swiftness.

We dug for forty five minutes and decided that we would have time to get the new soil for the project.  There was no way I could bear the thought of hauling away many wheelbarrow loads of heavy dirt and corms, so we dumped the old soil in a low corner of the back yard beside the garage, under a tree.  Should be interesting to see Croscosmia ‘Lucifer’ pop up there.  I wonder if it will bloom in the shade?

Off we sped (not really) to Peninsula Landscape Supply for a yard of Soil Energy.

at Peninsula Landscape Supply

at Peninsula Landscape Supply

Then back to finish the digging project and install the nice new soil mix.  I have another rosemary at home to add here, and I picture the edge lined with the chives I saved and replanted, and some Oregano (at Mike’s request), and then enough Rosemary so that the plants have a chance to survive constant picking for delicious meals!

after

at dusk

Now the garden can live up to this little sign:

Chef Michael's pig

Chef Michael’s pig

Meanwhile, around the corner on the north side of the deck, all sorts of Narcissi and Tulips are starting to come up.

north side

north side

How I hope the deer don’t discover this delectable patch of tulips!  I must keep an eye on it, so we can spray it with an anti-deer potion if we see one bite mark.

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