Action! Weed Control!

Weeds, weeds and weeds. AND lots of grass. With all this rain the grass and weeds are taking over. I really am not looking for pristine, but the grass and weeds are taller than my veggies and they are smothering them. Hoeing and handpicking is not keeping up. We clean up and area, it rains and BOOM! They are back bigger and badder than before. We have a lot of garden space and I was getting discouraged. We do not use synthetic chemicals so that was not an option.

Hubby decided that getting me back to my happy place in the garden was important. Also growing our own food is important and an investment. He went and bought gardening cloth to put down and has been helping me go through the gardens with it. It is a beautiful thing!

We did our first run with this in a garden that was about to be planted. I had planted transplants in one row and they were being overtaken. Tomatoes and pepper transplants were ready to go so we decided here was the best place to start. The fabric is 4 ft wide which is perfect for our spacing here because our rows are 50″ apart.

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We laid it out, dug holes, added compost and epsom and our transplants. Then hubby laid some straw around each plant and set our cages.

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The rows look neat and the plants have a fighting chance now. It is a thing of beauty!

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Next will be Garden 3 which has our beans and cucs fighting for space. They are getting buried by grass. We will mow really short and add the cloth. Pics to come on that clean up!

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How do you keep the “unwanteds” away from your veggies and flowers?

Happy Unleashing in the Garden!

FGU

 

 

Musings: Identifying Passions

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Many of us “love” many things. We love this, we love that–sometimes we overuse that “L” word don’t you think?  I really like a lot of things, but LOVE is strong.  It is the for better for worse stuff right? It is loving this thing when all is well  but also loving it when it is not.

I spent the day in my veggie gardens on Friday.  I had taken a day off of the “day job” and asked myself what do I really want to do… my answer was quickly “play in the yard.” As I was out there for 7 hours all by myself (with an occasional visit from hubby and Jasmine) it gave lots of time for thinking and pondering and yes, musing.

I am in school studying Organic Agriculture. I have many ideas from supplying a CSA, to renting garden plots for community folks, to teaching organic gardening, to teaching growing your own food to lower income, single moms, to hosting farm to table dinners and on and on and on.

As I was outside on Friday, I wondered to myself if I could spend all day, everyday outside, growing things, helping others grow things, being dependent upon the weather, sweating, getting totally dirty, and yes, being by myself for much of my day.

I think that answering that when you are picking the red ripe tomato, cutting bloomed flowers, smelling strawberries as you put them in your basket is pretty easy.  Yes, I could do that everyday. I also feel like the days that I am planting is an easy yes. I love a freshly planted garden and the following days that you are waiting for the little guys to start popping through the soil. When the work is “glamorous” it is easy to say “yes” isn’t it?

But Friday was a great day for me to pose this question to myself.  Friday, for 7 hours, I weeded a 43 ft x 33 ft garden, raked mowed grass into a wheelbarrow (a bunch of times) and then filled the 80+ tomato cages with the grass to mulch the tomatoes. There was no planting, no picking.  It was what I would call “grunt” work.

Midday when I pondered over my question of if I could do this everyday, it was a resounding yes! I don’t need glamour to love my gardens. All my green babies don’t have to be magazine perfect (they are not). I love the grunt work of gardening as much as the glamour. That tells me, with a resounding “yes” that my gardens are a passion. I love them in glamour and grunt. I love them in seeing the fruits of my labor and the days that I really don’t see it immediately.

How about you? How do you know what your passion is? What do you love the GRUNT work in? Identify that and you will be on the road to knowing what your passion is.

Happy Unleashing your Passion!

FGU