In fact I am totally guilty of not doing any garden clean up, as of yet.
Every time I look out to the gardens I feel huge twinges of guilt ... the snow has finally melted away and I see amazing growth of Spring bulbs that have mustered their courage and are saying "we are here !"
I swear later this week I will be uncovering my jewels with the help of husband.
So the topic of rain barrels ... and it is so true about them not being just rain barrels any more.
I took a lot of time looking at all sorts of fancy models and bare bones ones too.
We had a very functional one for over 11 years but having forgot to empty it before freezing weather .. and perhaps the age wearing on it ? (I like that excuse a lot)
Naturally it split wide open from the pure physics of the "freeze till you bus"t action that did it in
Sad old rain barrel did it's duty to the very end..
So ... what did I look for in a new one ?
First functionality and my new one covers that in a way my old one didn't.
The hose connection is at the very bottom of the "barrel", so it drains better from the water pressure at the top and I will get every bit of water possible from it being at the bottom.
Next ... well, I went a bit soft on this point.
I liked the colour and form .. it doesn't look like a rain barrel.
It looks like perhaps a very large garden container.
Plain and simple though ... the "less is more" axiom ... and this baby has that.
I saw so many different types it made me dizzy.
Ones you could have a plant on the top of .. ones that were more artsy fartsy .. ones that could be fountains at the same time, the list goes on and on.
Too many options when you are looking for one that will just stand the test of time and store that precious water !
So here it is !
Important feature with standing water is to not let the mosquitoes get at it and knock themselves out replicating !!
Plus keep debris out ... we really need our gutters cleaned ... ugh !
This week it will be set up in it's special place and hopefully we will have staggered rain days to fill it up and flush it out.
Who else but a gardener would be so excited over something like this ... except these ?
I love these garden gloves that I get at COSTCO.
The price is very reasonable and for the most part, and they last well.
I do sometimes wear a disposable latex glove underneath when I know I am going to get really down and dirty or wet with the work I am doing.
I also wear a face mask because of allergies and especially with the old dust/pollen/mold/mildew that is raked up .
It may look funny but it really saves me a lot of physical grief from the disturbed debris.
So ? ... now I just need to get the work done!
Assess what has happened over this longer than long, winter ....wondering what plants didn't quite make it.
Mentally calculate where I am going to shoe horn the new mail order plants in ... that is a dicey one.
It is all in the game though ... and I love it : )