Spring has Sprung
All the signs of Spring are upon us. The sun shines brightly with soil warming rays; the birds are tweeting their hearts out; the squirrels are getting very frisky; and the spring flowers are starting to bloom. The last sign of spring is when I hear the lawn service neighbor's mowers fire up. It sounds like a swarm of airplanes warming up their engines for take off. Oh, yeah, it's spring and I'm loving it.
The daffs are putting on quite the display this year. The tulips are budded up and most likely will pop any day now. Some time after the two flowers strut their stuff the Iris around the corner will start their claim to fame. Aaaah, I love this time of the year.
I tried to plant some seeds today. I got a few carrots and four Swiss Chard planted before the rains came. It's another misty day just like the last rain we had. I would like to see a good rain to start the filling process for my main water supply tank for the the gardening watering. The very small amount of rain we had a week ago only put one inch in the tank. When it's full it boasts 24 inches of water right at 400 gallons. It takes about five inches of rain to fill it up. During the summer months about one inch a day is used for watering the plants. So almost a month's watering can be stored in the main tank.
However, this year the plan is to add a water fountain to help keep the algae down and the best part, according to my grandson, will be to add fish to the tank. We will just catch some fish from our local lakes to add to the tank which is another thing that grandson Bradley thinks is awesome.
Terra Nova Gardens is coming along. The main gate to the garden has been erected; the entire garden area has been plowed and smoothed out with a disc; the utilities have been marked; and the spots for the post holes have been staked.
|Main Garden Gate|
Here's a shot of Terra Nova Gardens before the plowing and discing. It doesn't look much different except for the protruding wild grape vines. I will have to walk the garden and pull out the vines as much as I can. The fence building can begin. I'll start with the corner posts then fill in the rest of the posts. A fence along the road will be made with the tall thin sapling trees you see along the back of the garden.
The inside project of the last week was plumbing. Those that have followed this blog know that I have a love hate relationship (well maybe just hate) with plumbing. This week the infamous bathroom that caused me fits a few blogs ago acted up again. This time the newly installed sink and plumbing plugged. I attribute it to being inactive for almost a decade. Here's how it's done Old Nebraska Dave style.
|Snaking out the drain|
First the plumbing was removed. I already knew it wasn't in the plumbing under the sink as it took a good amount of water to start backing up. It would slowly go down over an hour or two. The auger hit something hard at about 10 feet in. After a few minutes of drilling at what ever it was phase two was implemented.
|Cleaning Drain Phase 2|
This is my own invention of sorts. It can be the greatest thing ever or it can be a dog gone it why did I do that kind of a thing. It's pipe connections hooked up to the drain with a garden hose adapter. It can quickly turn into a disaster especially with old pipes. Drains were not designed for pressure and if an old rusty pipe gets too much pressure it will explode out the side of the pipe. That's why a good drilling with a drain snake is a must first. So holding my breath I turned the water from the outside spigot on very low. When water runs in my house, the water meter clicks and the sound of water running can be heard. The water meter clicking right along and the sound of running water indicated the blockage was clear. The water was cranked up to full blast for ten minutes to dislodge as much as possible and definitely flush it out to the street sewer line. Of course the plumbing under the sink went back together without a hitch because .... it's new from the install (fluctuating voice). Once again the sink and plumbing is in working order. As you can see there was a bit of cleanup to do. It was quite a wrestling match in close quarters with that drain snake.
Some seeds were planted before the rains came today. It rained just enough not to be able to plant any more seeds. So half the carrots and four Swiss Chard plants were snuggled into the soil. Now a light misty rain has coated everything with a wet layer of moisture. The forecast says rain every day this week. That's OK the main garden water tank needs filling up.
Well, that's what's been happening in my part of the world. Hopefully, yours is just as exciting.
Happy trails until we meet again. (Dale Evans)