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In the Garden

Leaf to leaf, root to root, seed to seed.
May all that we have be all that we need.

~The Return of the Light
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You have to love all the fledgling garden pictures this time of year.  Sure enough, here are mine.  I've had three separate gardening injuries (add mild tennis elbow to the list now), so it seems fitting that I should write a little about our efforts this year.  We've certainly ramped it up for the first time in many years, though our garden is still small.

Mike and I both worked hard at clearing off "Triangle Field," a terrible spot where the weeds have always, always taken over so badly.  We are not good weeders, but that has changed.  This is where I hurt my back and made my legs so sore.  I moved the rhubarb out of the raised bed and mulched heavily with grass clippings.  This helped them survive the heatwave.  I also planted the pumpkins, cucumbers, watermelon and squash here.  I've even been adventurous enough to plant a sunflower by the cucumbers to give them something to climb!

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I made the admission that my strawberry patch was really pathetic and covered it all over in weed fabric and more grass clippings.  We'll start fresh there next year, along with rebuilding another raised bed that is, well, sad.  It grows some nice asparagus, though.  Mike's little cherry tree bit the dust, thanks to the deer, so we will have to order two more, since that was the plan all along.  In happier news, I planted basil, lettuce, onions, carrots, marigolds, calendula, and radishes.  A nice little salad garden in the good raised bed.  The raspberries are blooming and the grapes look pretty good, having no frost damage.  The blueberries have set their fruit, along with the currant bush.  Tomatoes are growing in the sun by the chimney, hoping to avoid blight.

Somewhere along the way last year, I learned that having young children is not the best excuse for leaving things in a state of disorder.  Since children have no filters and mirror the world around them, I find it best to work busily and cheerfully.  And I have willing helpers!  So, I've got a rotating schedule of house and garden work for each month, which keeps things from getting out of hand.  Which is what was going on in the raspberry patch.  I spent two days, in small parts, clearing out tall grass and dead canes.  Oh, it looks so much better now.  And I found a nymph tick on me, so that was delightful.  Made me clear that tall grass even faster!

Our yard is surrounded by the fishing line fence now, you may recall.  It has been a success!  No deer are getting in to eat our edibles.  It has been easy to maintain, as long as I don't catch it with the lawn mower.  Then, it's easy to repair, and very cheap!  We did nearly all of our yard for about $100, including very sturdy metal fence posts.  And with that, I think I'm going to sneak out and do a little watering before everyone wakes up.  Sure wish it would rain.

Comments

( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )
blakdove
May. 17th, 2015 01:35 am (UTC)
I love hearing about people's gardens -- yours sounds very nice! I didn't put one in this year, not being in any shape to plan and start it in January (the drawback of our long growing season is the early planning!).
impossibleway
May. 17th, 2015 11:02 am (UTC)
I am hopeful, for the first time in awhile. :-) Yes, I remember hearing Mike's parents talk about garden stuff way back. Plus, they have rules for when they can water--do you?
blakdove
May. 18th, 2015 03:09 am (UTC)
Not that I know of, but we haven't hit drought season yet.
( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )

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It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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