Continuing Forward with Gardening

May 27, 2014
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So we’ve been a bit busy.  Now that the long, cold winter is over….

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…and then spring time was welcomed with much joy even with some storm damage and flooding.

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Now summer time is getting started with all hands on deck doing much needed garden work.  Last year, our garden was practically non-existent due to being preoccupied with having a newborn baby.  This year we hope to focus on the garden.

We started by attacking sections at a time in our garden area, pulling and destroying the pig weed.  We didn’t have a problem with pig weed until a few years ago when we brought it in on hay we had bought. This year, we have decided we have had enough of the pesky weed and have declared war on it.  Any plant seen is to be pulled, squished, hacked, mowed…whatever… just get rid of it.  Thankfully, it doesn’t spread when it is chopped and can be overcome with diligent attention to its eradication but when they number in the millions, it seems, it is overwhelming!  Not letting the weed go to seed is of utmost importance.  Getting it early saves your hands from being stabbed with sharp thorns. 

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Since we had so much pig weed and other thorn/thistle weeds, we did a lot of hand pulling before the mulching.  We probably could have laid it right on top but didn’t want to risk losing our plants to overwhelming amounts of thistle and thorn weeds choking them out. So we turned it into this before planting seeds:

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In the past, our successful gardens have been mulch gardens.  This year, I was thrilled to find a good resource for straw at a good price.  We also have collected lots of brown leaves.  I have added other amendments to replenish the soil that I will discuss in later posts.

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It is starting to take shape!  Seeing the results of all the hard work we have done over the last weeks is cheering us on.  Many hands does make the work light and much more enjoyable!  Prayerfully, looking forward to all the garden abundance.

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