The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #169078   Message #4103489
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
25-Apr-21 - 02:44 PM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021
I have cleared up stuff that was piled up behind the side door or leaning against the potting bench that was piled with things more or less related to gardening. On the bench I have a plastic sock organizer that works well to organize seed packets and I metaphorically pulled up my socks and finally discarded about 2/3 of the oldest envelopes. Speaking with a guy at the garden center yesterday gave me an idea - he puts a flat folded piece of paper towel into a plastic sandwich bag, moistens it, then empties in the seeds from the old packet, and if they start to sprout then he removes them and plants fragments of the paper they're stuck to. Much of my seed purchasing has been aspirational, but maybe this year I'll plant a few more flowers.   

There are a number of tools (weed popper, extension lopper, etc.) that really should be in the greenhouse, but I'll walk through the yard with each one first and see if it can be used now before putting it back where it belongs. This includes the reciprocating saw on the kitchen tall table that I will use to trim down a nandina and dwarf yaupon that I've tried to get rid of for ages. Then the battery can charge and the great thrift store saw goes back up on the laundry room shelf.

Tomato cages are being put in place, and I've cut some plastic milk and yogurt containers into 3" rings that will go into the soil around bedding plants to keep the cutworms from travelling along at soil level and demolishing the tender plants. I have some old cans of salmon and mackerel that are a slurry in Tupperware to be spooned into each hole where a plant will be placed. Why throw it out when it can go in the garden?

The messy potting table is beside the doorway into the sunroom, so organizing this will make the entire area look even better than it has since I emptied that room and put back just a few well-considered pieces.

A batch of dough is rising to make dinner rolls. The house smells wonderful! I may make an apple pie this evening.