Garden Inspirations

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Lying down in the nut grass, by Marilyn

First I must say how thankful I am for the sprinkling of rain and the wonderful cloud cover on Saturday.  It gave me hope fall is coming. Don woke me at 5a.m. and said it’s raining, I jumped up ran outside in my jammies and did a little rain jig!

My, my, my Marigold Marilyn’s garden is so full of nut grass.  So. I am told that the reason it is called nut grass is because there is an underground network of nutlike runners.  This is true because I have been digging, forking and pulling thousands of the nut runners up.  But the real reason, I believe nut grass is called nut grass is because IT IS DRIVING ME NUTS!!!!

No one would win a gardening contest if their garden was over run with nut grass.  I have made a vowel to fill a large gardening tub full of grass/weeds at least one a day.  Yes, I am making progress but MY GOODNESS!!

I am progressing with the weed pulling, following it with a soil busting from my MIGHTY MANTIS and I have a mountain of hardwood mulch that will be going over that area.  I will first put down DE between my rows, cover heavy with newspaper and top off with hardwood mulch.  Mulching is a gardener’s friend it holds in moisture and blocks weed growth.  The DE discourages bugs, especially ants.

I am in a lurch pulling weeds and all the while, my rivals are making progress.  I must say I am impressed with the Duchess and Lavender Karen.  Duchess has her compost piles set up and Karen has made her first plantings of cucumbers.

I have planted black eyed- peas, green beans, squash, okra, arugula and cucumbers.  All is up and thriving except the arugula and cucumbers.  Thank you Compost Tea.  I made two extra barrels and drenched the garden.  It was extra work but worth every drop.  Freshly Brewed Compost Tea and all organic gardening methods for that matter helps plants to maintain, grow and thrive during extreme heat.  The tea conditions the soil and adds micro life to the soil.  It is a win-win situation in the garden. 

Speaking of winning….Well I am plugging along.  The repurposed chicken run on the South side of my garden is almost completed and I will be in the market for more Rhode Island Red hens.

Off to the garden….one more bucket without going nuts!    

LIfe in the garden by Lavender Karen

On Thursday morning I awoke to a wonderful surprise. Marigold Marilyn had been working in my garden. She placed two water mats in my garden and began staking them for me. I was so glad that I had pulled weeds in her garden earlier, or I would have felt pretty guilty. As the morning wore on, I planted my Juliet Hybrid tomato plants that I grew from seed. I love planting seeds, nurturing them, and watching them grow. Maybe that's why I had so many kiddos?!?! Who knows?

Anyway, after planting my tomatoes, I began mulching my garden. First I put on a mask to protect my lungs. Then I spread Diatomaceous Earth- a very fine sand made of broken up shells- it kills just about any crawling bug. Then I covered the D.E. with newspapers. They were blowing away, (we're at the top of a hill) so I squirted them with water and they calmed down. Lastly, I was able to spread 3 bags of Hardwood Mulch on top of the D.E. and newspapers.

My garden is beginning to take shape. I see life happening. What about you Duchess?!?!?!?

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