Cuddy Weekend Duty Blog
Friday Oct 28th
We began our chilly morning with going down to the hoop houses and cutting back and cleaning up a variety of perennials. We also received the job of putting away multiple boxes containing CLT materials, which we just took part in only a couple weeks back here at the Cuddy Garden’s. The compost pile was looking a little messy, so we decided to grab a couple pitch forks and push it all back so that it wasn’t overflowing. We then made our way to the indoor pool area where we started to clean, water, and cut back any plants that weren’t looking so well. We also ended up having to replace the odd small grass in the brand new labyrinth that was built by the students in the Horticulture program at Fanshawe College. We finished off the day by re-potting the grasses we had replaced and making sure our work areas were left clean.
Saturday Oct 29th
Our morning began with the light task of re-staining the compost bins, but we could not find the can of stain. We later found out that the can of stain was locked up inside the Cuddy pick-up truck. Of course we didn’t let that slow our day down, we immediately headed over to the rose garden and began cutting down all the Peony’s on the Cuddy grounds. Our next job was to go down to the perennial gardens and begin to cut back plants as well as pull any weeds in sight. We were told not to use any heavy machinery over the weekend due to the wet ground, so we had to haul away everything the old fashion way, with a wheel barrel. We also had the pleasure of having Michael Pascoe visit us while we were cleaning up the perennial beds. He instructed us to cut back more perennials then originally instructed which led to finishing our day off in the perennial gardens.
Sunday Oct 30th
The final day of our weekend duty started out with walking down to the tool shed and unlocking the side door only to realize we had forgot to disarm more than just the class room. We ran back up to the class room and properly disarmed the alarm and grabbed all of our tools we would need for the morning and began to work on the perennial garden where we left off yesterday. A light rain started falling as we continued to work away, until it started getting a little too heavy and we were both soaking wet. After the rain stopped we worked on the perennial garden which took a lot longer because of how wet everything was. Once the perennial garden was finished we then did some weeding in the rock garden and removed leafs that had fallen from the neighboring tree. The next task as to rake the gravel walk was in dry garden, after the gravel was raked we than finished off the day by cleaned all the tool that we had used and cleaned the class room.