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The never-ending battle

(against the weeds, that is)

Unseasonably rainy weather here, combined with some personal stuff taking up all of my spare time, has meant that I’ve been out of the garden lately. The weeds are trying to take over in my absence. So today I was outside chipping away at that. I’ve also moved my compost bin and¬† now I’m working on separating the yard waste that won’t compost from the dirt and partially compost weeds that are all in a pile on my patio. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to use the patio area for actually enjoying the outside.

A lot of my seeds from the last planting I did never came up. Right now the area closest to the street has pretty much nothing in it except some broccoli seedlings that seem to be stunted. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong there. Probably I’ll end up buying starts and hope that they’ll be more successful.

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Garden Check-in

I finally finished spreading all 30 bags of compost that I bought at the beginning of the spring. Word to the wise: 30 bags of compost weighs close to a ton. Your vehicle would appreciate if you made two or three trips.

I weeded as I spread, so that I wouldn’t be fertilizing weeds. I’ve been mostly finished for some time now, with just two bags left. Doing those final two bags meant digging up and transplanting the sage and lavender plants left by the previous gardener (and pulling the bindweed roots out of their root balls, sigh). I finished that up a week or so ago, so now I’ve got them all spread, my first big accomplishment of the year. Only one bed left to dig, and all of the crucial structural work in the garden will be finished.

My other big task has been clearing the trash, weeds, and assorted plastic pots left by the previous gardener off the patio area behind my garden. Today I got some good work done on that, so now I just need to move the compost bin and get rid of the pile of yard waste/dirt I’ve created in the last month or so. It’s finally starting to look like an area I could imagine spending time and enjoying sitting outside.

Other big projects in the works: New fencing, clearing my mess off the driveway, and possibly setting stepping stones in the walkways.

Seeds are going in a few at a time. I’d hoped to get lots of planting done today and get caught up, but it’s so windy out I would have lost all of my seeds to the wind. Maybe it’s for the best, since we’re still getting lows in the upper 30’s at night. I’m behind my planned schedule, but still way ahead of where I was this time last year. That by itself is a huge accomplishment.

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Lessons About Gardening, #3

When all else fails, there’s always next year.

Same goes for gardening blogs, I suppose.

I’m well into the season this year and figured I might as well poke my blog a bit and see if it still works. I’ve dramatically changed my approach¬† this year: I’ve redone the whole layout and I’m planting much smaller amounts of food in the hope that I’ll be able to harvest and eat most or all of it. I’ve given myself wider pathways and smaller beds, and I’ve weeded the whole garden at least once – so I’m already far ahead of last year.

At this point all of my salad greens, peas, and broccoli have had their first plantings, along with some spring flowers. In the next few days I’m going to keep digging on the beds I haven’t planted yet, transplant my sage and lavender, and get in some second plantings. I’ve put in some strawberries this year in faith that the general layout will be the same next year – though only one Junebearing, so I can get some berries this year!

All told, I really feel like I’m much more on top of things this year, and I’m looking forward to new growth every day.

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