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Spring Inspires Gardening Chores in California

My husband, like Manny, hibernates in the winter.  As soon as the days get longer and the temperature gets to about 65, V comes back to life and goes into hyperactive work mode. He also has talent to go with the spurts of energy.

Spring is almost here.

Spring is almost here.

This weekend the sun called to him, and said, “It’s time to think about planting.”  V loves to design landscaped areas, but has never been interested in gardening – UNTIL I retired.  Now he wants to garden.  We live in Central California which is the agricultural capital of the world.  Crops of every type grow here.  You dig a hole, stick something in it, flood it, and POOF it grows.

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Lavender will look nice around these rocks.

V is creative and artistic.  Gardening is not merely planting random plants into the soil.  This weekend he came home with lumber, pvc pipe, wire mesh, soil amendments, and germ-free soil.

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While he was doing all that I started on another couple of projects.  I pruned roses.  Behind the roses is a once beautiful fence that V designed and built when we moved here 12 years ago.  It has been painted several times, but it never STAYS painted.  (duh) Old fences aren’t interesting to creative people.  Except that they look cottage-ish, and have creative value in the landscape.  To me they look old and run-down.  So I spent the rest of the afternoon scraping the peeling paint off the fence.

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Where is Huck Finn when you need him?

Are you the creative one or the grunt in your family?  What are some of your projects?

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    • If it was any earlier, it would still be winter! Two months ago it was January, RR!!! Do you take pictures of your gardens??? I bet they are lovely! You can grow everything there. 🙂


  1. I love gardening, Marsha, and I can’t wait until we’re out at the farm so I can plant more fruit trees! I think the first half of the house is being moved tomorrow (fingers crossed!) 😀


  2. He really gets into planting. Here you can plant almost anytime and winter is the best so we don’t hibernate. When up North in IL with a house, we had a berm with trees planted, were often adding things and putting in trees, bushes (in spring). I was the grunt who pulled up the sod to add another garden! But it was worth it with glorious flowers out front.


    • Glad to know I have grunt company. V is really his own grunt most of the time because he is bossy. I REALLY don’t like being bossed, so I hide out! If I so much as show my face to tell him how nice things look, I get accosted. So I have learned to let him grunt. Sometimes I feel sorry for him, and MAKE him come in. He forgets to eat, he loses beaucoup pounds, so I have to watch out for those things. Other than that, he takes one look at me and thinks, “Ah ha, the Amazon woman is here!” Just because he is little and can lift millions of pounds of whatever, he assumes(d) that I could too. I have worked for nearly 18 years to break him of that, but my best way is to do grunt work elsewhere out of his sight! 🙂 Marsha


      • He sounds like Babs!! A little brute who expects everyone else to be as efficient and powerful as her! I kinda hide when major work is afoot! Well, we are working to get along and share our talelents better on big projects. It sounds like V and Babs would get along most swimmingly building Pyaramids and Cathedrals, China Walls, and so forth, together.


        • hahaha I am sitting here at my computer laughing out loud at that comment. I can see them both doing that! Seriously! And you and I would be hiding out in a bookstore somewhere! 🙂 ML


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  4. It is still too cold here to plant. I keep hearing you should plant after Good Friday. In the first part of 2011 we were staying at our son’s , which is about 30 miles northwest of Savannah,GA. I had to have my shoulder replaced. I got so bored, that I kept going into Rincon, a little town not far from were our son’s house is and I would buy some tomato plants. He was planting a garden with a few tomatoes. Well by the time I recovered from surgery he must of had 60 tomato plants that I planted in his garden. He said, “He had never seen so many tomatoes. I’ll probably plant a garden this year. Good luck on yours!


  5. I’ve never been a gardener; my husband loves playing with plants, replanting trees, etc. I am hoping though to put in some veggies with my grandson. Your plot looks great!





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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