Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Today's Yardening: Wood Pickup

Today is cooler but still workable.  I fed the birds, and saw a couple of ducks fly out of a tall tree where they were roosting.  Rather confused ducks, I suspect, as waterbirds rarely roost in trees.

I picked up a few logs from different places, moving the short ones to the patio woodpile and the long ones to the ritual meadow.  I also picked up a few larger branches and moved them to the meadow. We'll need the wheelbarrow to deal with the bigger ones though.  

The soil is warm enough for earthworms to be active; when I pick up a log there are usually several worms squiggling underneath.  Today I saw a full-size nightcrawler!  If you need worms for live bait or pet food, it is easy to get them by leaving several boards on the lawn; they will come up underneath.  Though I always preferred to hunt mine by hand: my grandfather would water the lawn at dusk, then we'd go out a couple hours later to snatch worms out of the grass.  We rarely had to buy worms, just the minnows.

Daffodils and tulips are sprouting, some of them up several inches now.  Crocus in a few places.  Also the columbines, motherwort, and chives are putting up leaves.
Tags: gardening, illinois, personal
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