Watered this morning. Need better barrier around beds (possibly cinder block), as soil seems to be quite erosion-prone. Will bag next lawn-mowing and use as mulch.
Pulled a few weeds from garden. Mostly tiny clover shamrocks.
Wild strawberries have fruited. Ripe ones are about the size of a pea, but incredibly delicious.
Hopefully eradicated majority of Japanese Barberry in yard. Removed huge shrub (and pulled roots) in front yard. Found more in dense growth in back yard on either side of property line. Cut off at ground and pulled out.
Left 5 June for wedding in New Jersey. Watered heavily that morning. Tomatoes had begun to struggle at floating row cover.
Returned 7 June. Removed row cover from entire front bed. All plantings in front bed have sprouted.
Despite cool temperatures nearly everything in back bed has also sprouted, even watermelon and zucchini. Bean and onion sprouts about 2 inches. Okra, watermelon, and zucchini about half an inch. Garlic still underground (planted 4 inches deep).
Cleared forsythia near garden to make a space for it. Also dug out a nasty thorny vine growing in there. Going to fight forsythia back on all fronts and try to take down some vertical height to keep it out of utility lines.
Planted 5 pink and red geraniums received from D. Wood.
Planted 2 of 5 Prime-Jim blackberry bushes purchased at Achille Agway. Double-dug 18″ holes, used about 1″ compost, and mixed blood meal, rock phosphate, and muriate of potash with removed soil before replacing, per Cooperative Extension recommendations.
Removed great deal of invasive Autumn Olive from shrubbery, including one fully tree-sized. Also removed dead branches from various other plantings, particularly lilacs. Brush currently filling one quarter of our driveway to between 5 and 6 feet high.