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Garden Season

I feel like I have an official red neck. After spending the past three days working on garden stuff, I guess I earned it.

I finally got the gardening bug. I’ve been completely not into it this year, but with our son doing therapy in just one city now, things have slowed for me as far as running him around. This makes it feel like I could do a little outside.

I did get my sunflowers planted! Today. I’m thankful God knew I’d not have time–He made the seeds out there grow anyway, so I’m happy for the beauties that popped up!

I literally spent hours weeding my upper garden. I don’t know how bit it is, but I think around 30′ by 100′ or so. The boys had knocked down the blackberry vines that invaded during the winter, and I took our wheel hoe and just plugged away. No need for the gym when you’re working that thing! It took me 2-3 hours maybe, but I got it all weeded!

Next I planted the pole beans I’ve had soaking! I planted four kinds–not many of any variety, but it’s fun to see t them climbing. I had to wrestle the cattle fencing and fix my broken trellis. A tree smashed it during the winter. I made a big arch this year, but I’m looking at it and seeing that I need to make it shorter if I’m going to be able to reach those beans!

I roughed up the ground and broadcast seeded zinnias and sunflowers–I felt very much like the sower that went forth to sow! The seeds were saved from last year’s flower heads!

Here and there, I added some pumpkins and squashes–my plan is for them to grow between the sunflowers. I did plant a few pipe beans to see if they’ll climb up the sunflower stalks. I’m not planting corn up there (like the three sisters) because the animals got that last year and I don’t feel like growing it for a donation.


I may add more pumpkins, but when the yellowjackets started become more interested in me than I was in them, I decided to leave them to their buzzing around.

I am super proud of my accomplishments! I did spend all day outside working on that, hauling the hose up the hill, lugging tools up there, and up and down trips through the day. It got hot, I got a little pink, but it was worth it! I’m hoping today’s rain will water it all in!

I enjoy gardening. What I don’t enjoy is not having the time to do everything, and that’s why I had not even started anything outside yet this year! But, even though it doesn’t have to be a huge project, little gardening projects bring satisfaction! (And I don’t consider this one little).

Sunday and Monday, I got eggplant, peppers, flower plants and seeds, cucumbers, cantaloupe, and some herbs planted. Water, water, water–that’s life when it’s so dry! That will be a part of life now.

Greg’s tomatoes look wonderful! He always does so much of a better job at doing things right in the garden. I kind of like planting and watering, and, of course, picking and eating! I don’t enjoy the technical details like fertilizer and amendments. And that would be why my results are more random than Greg’s!

Anyway. Let’s see if any of my pictures will load. My phone is acting up a lot, so who knows?

Here’s a list of some of the gardening tools we use frequently.

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9 Replies

  1. Gardening! Brings back memories of the times when I learned from my Dad the art of sewing seed and yes, tenderly working the ground. He had no machinery – just tools which included shovels, hoes, axes, and a push plow. He taught me so much!
    Later in life, of course, I became a gardener, got married, raised a family, and bought my own farm. I thank God for my Dad’s wisdom as he passed his experience and love for growing things on to me

  2. Linked my posts, and thank you for this opportunity, and my entries for this week: #13+14 and

  3. Laurie,
    Thanks again for hosting this charming party every week! I know how much time goes into doing so and I want you to know that it I truly appreciate it!! I hope you have a great week!

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