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Monday, August 22, 2011

Early Morning Garden

No matter what my intentions are every summer by the time we are rolling into late August my poor garden is over-run with weeds.  I pull them, but I just can't keep up, and after a while I give up a bit.  The veggies still grow and we pick, we eat, we can.

  My sweet friend Emily and I call it "willy-nilly-gardening" and I keep threatening to write a book.  You see I don't follow a lot of the "rules" for gardening both veggies and flowers and yet everything seems to do just fine. I'm the worst with flowers.  If I see something I like, I plant it.  This is exactly what all the books tell you NOT to do, but it works...and if it doesn't, well then I dig it up and try it some place else next year.  Every year I learn a little more about what I can and can't "get away with".  For instance: I MUST learn how to prune our peach tree properly, that is something I cannot let go crazy (it begins to block the garden path). The other painful lesson I have learned is that forsythia grows VERY fast.  While I'm quite OK with this concept, it is not something that belongs in a small space...it will be moved this year!

I'm new to gardening/farming, it isn't something I grew up with, I tasted my first cantaloupe from a Happy Hour buffet at 21 years old.  I love that it is such a part of my life now, and that my children are growing up with it...even if we have renegade pumpkins in the flower beds!  How's your garden?


  1. you put those bags of mulch down yet?!!?

  2. Weeding? Ha. The only weeding I do is in the flower garden...and its because I find it therapeutic to weed while my kids play in the yard. But, our veggies are in raise beds, containers and bags so the weeds are minimal, luckily. We have lots of green cherry tomatoes...and a glut of cucumbers and peppers. :)

  3. I think weeds in August are just part of life. As for following rules in gardening? I say make your own. From what I can see you have a great garden! xx

  4. Your flowers are beautiful! Love the whole garden. Weeds included.


  5. I can't believe you are new to gardening. Maybe that's where I'm going wrong, I read the instructions :).
    xx oo

  6. Your garden looks just beautiful! (I'm late catching up this week...)


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