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June 9th. Temperatures in southern New England have gone from the sixties to the 80's in a week's time. Our perennial bed has never looked better. The Lupine, Poppy, Iris and Columbine are in full bloom almost overnight.

We've been scrambling to get this new garden ready while there is still time to plant. I have been screening the soil rather than just turning it over with a pitch fork or roto-tiller. By screening, I can more evenly mix in my soil amendments, and I am also able to spot and remove grubs and cutworms. I made this screen out of 1X4 lumber and 1/2 inch mesh screen (the kind used to keep pets from scratching though screen doors). It fits nicely over the wheel barrow and stays put. By taking some extra time now, I'll save myself work later on.

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Here you can see the basic shape of the new garden. By dividing it into six sections, I have compensated for the natural slope of the land. I like to use pathways in gardens, they invite people in to take a closer look.
As more plants begin to flower, bees and other beneficial insects have begun arriving in the garden. Here a pollen laden bee stops by our comfrey plant.

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The strawberry patch has started producing ripe berries. and the cat birds weren't far behind. I wouldn't mind so much if they just took a berry and ate it. Unfortunately, they prefer to take a bite out of each ripe one and leave them. With some small branches and bird netting. I think I've foiled their plans. They will just have to find something else to wash the grubs down with.
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