Success is not final, failure is not fatal - it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Sir Winston Churchill

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Clean up, clean up, everybody do their share...

It's that time of year again - time to rake piles and more piles of pine needles. 
This was the second time I raked the backyard and I'll probably have to do it one more time.
Good thing is we use the pine needles in between the vegetable beds to keep the weeds down. 
Es ist mal wieder soweit - Zeit den Garten sauber zu machen. Die Kiefern verlieren massenweise ihre Nadeln und dies war schon das zweite mal, dass ich sie "beseitigen" musste. Gluecklicherweise verwenden wir die Nadeln und verbreiten sie zwischen den Gemuesebeeten um das Unkraut zu bekaempfen. 
 While I was raking, Harley was hoping to catch a glimpse of our neighbors dog. She sat there very patiently, but no luck. The reason (which I guess she hasn't figured out yet) is the new, higher fence between our properties. Hopefully we won't have to worry about dogs jumping the fence (and chasing our chickens) anymore...
Waehrend ich fleissig war, sass Harley im Garten und hat auf Nachbars Hund gewartet. Sie sass ganz geduldig, aber erfolglos. Der Grund ist der neue, hoehere Zaun zwischen unseren Grundstuecken. Hoffentlich haelt das die Hunde nun davon ab ueber den Zaun zu springen und unsere Huehner zu jagen...
Yesterday we got busy and took care of the totally out of control honeysuckle. We actually love honeysuckle, the smell, the fact that it attracts hummingbirds and lots of butterflies, but this one plant had completely taken over the fence. Time for action.
Before...
Gestern haben wir uns daran gemacht das Geissblatt zurueck zu schneiden. Wir moegen die Pflanzen eigentlich total gerne, sie riecht gut, zieht Schmetterlinge und Hummingbirds an, aber leider verbreitet sie sich auch wie Unkraut. Zeit etwas dagegen zu unternehmen...
Vorher...
 After...
Danach...
 Just look at all those piles, it was kind of a nightmare cutting it all back.
The chickens enjoyed it though, they had a blast pecking all over them.
Schaut euch nur diese Haufen an, es hat keinen allzu grossen Spass gemacht das alles zurueck zu schneiden.
Den Huehner hat es aber gefallen. Sie waren mit vollem Eifer dabei die Haufen zu untersuchen.
 While we were at it, we also cut the honeysuckle back that was growing in the flower bed next to the patio. It was spreading out too much, trying to grow into the hydrangeas and gutters. Not a good thing.
Waehrend wir schon dabei waren, haben wir das Geissblatt das im Beet neben der Terasse war auch zurueck geschnitten. Es war einfach zu gross und ist mittlerweile in die Hortensie und die Regenrinne gewachsen. Nicht gut...
 Since the honeysuckle is such an invasive plant, I'm pretty sure it'll come back next year. Which is totally fine with us - we just need to make sure it doesn't get out of control again.
Nachdem das Geissblatt so eine "aggresive" Pflanze ist, sind wir uns ziemlich sicher, dass es naechstes Jahr wieder waechst. Ist auch in Ordunung, wir muessen nur besser aufpassen und es nicht wieder so wild wachsen lassen.
Greg made short work of all those piles and burned them today. There was no way we could have put all of that in the compost bins and piling them by the curb to wait for trash pickup didn't seem like such a good idea either. 
Heute hat Greg die ganzen Haufen dann verbrannt. Wir haetten nie genug Platz im Kompost dafuer gehabt und an den Strassenrand (um auf die Muellabfuhr zu warten) legen wollten wir sie auch nicht. 
Next up the butterfly bushes...
Als naechstes kommen dann die Schmetterlingsbuesche dran...

10 comments:

  1. It's always something isn't it??? You are such a productive family....always improving something. I LOVE seeing the chickens enjoying your yard; makes me want a few!

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    1. You should get some chickens, they are VERY entertaining. :-)

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  2. The honeysuckle will most certainly come back. :) I had to take a second look to make sure you actually left some there. ;-) A good productive weekend!

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    1. Yes Dianna, we left some there. Also, I'm pretty sure there were some runners we probably missed...

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  3. I bet you do have a lot of pine needles, with those big trees there. Good that you are able to use them as mulch in the garden. I actually like the totally wild and out of control look with the honeysuckle. I probably should live out in the country and not in town, because that way it would not matter so much how overgrown things get.

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    1. We like the out of control look with the honeysuckle too, BUT it was starting to break the fence and growing into our neighbors yard. It had to be done. :-(

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  4. I love honeysuckle too. It's one of those love/hate things---they can go "rogue" and really have to be kept in check, but yet when they get HUGE, they are drop-dead gorgeous.

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    1. It was gorgeous in the summer and the smell was amazing! Sadly there were so many dead branches underneath, it was really taking a toll on the fence and we were afraid "things" were living in it.

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  5. We used to sing that song with the kids to get them to clean up, I think I was the only one cleaning though. Glad you got the fence and I hope that solves the problem. Love the smell of honeysuckle. We have lemon balm that is invasive and it always comes right back.

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    1. Karen, I work at a Mother's day out and sing that song with (or to) the kids every day. :-)

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