4/23: We finally hit 70 degrees today – the warmest day of the year. I was able to get out into the garden and do some work. I whacked the weeds around the raised bed and picked up the dead leaves around the peonies. I cleaned up the back patio and repotted a rosemary into my favorite pot.
The strawberry bed was a mess, all of the plants were clustered on the outside edges and the center had died back. I pulled out all of the dead runners and transplanted the plants, spreading them throughout the raised bed.
I weeded the other raised bed and planned to plant some carrots and spinach – until the leak. Around noon, I went to dump the wheel barrow and noticed that the strawberries looked a little limp. I went into the kitchen and turned on the outside water that we had turned off for winter . I ran upstairs to turn off the faucet on the upper porch. When I came back downstairs, there was water running out of the ceiling in the kitchen – Ahhhhhh – a broken pipe? After a test, I figured out that the leak was not a broken pipe, but some type of leak from the deck on the second floor. Hopefully those two canisters of silicon caulk that I squirted under the sliding door will take care of it, especially if it rains tomorrow.
Needless to say, the planting didn’t happen. Maybe tomorrow………
4/24: Happy Easter. The rain’s back today, but the ceiling doesn’t seem to be leaking. Maybe the caulking we did last night will hold. I’m going to try to plant a few seeds today. Maybe some bush beans or some spinach.