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Garden Photo Tour

A photo of Shannon SaiaLast week we had several days of hard rain, followed by an absolutely glorious weekend. It was cool, breezy and sunny, and with my garden soil still very moist from all the rain, an excellent opportunity to get down in the dirt and get some weeding done. I spent all day Saturday and Sunday at the task, and I'm darn proud of what I accomplished. This is absolutely the most weedless - and grassless - that I have ever been. I hope I'm able to keep at it after each big rain, so I won't get so far behind again.

Some of my crops have already come and gone, peas and  spinach and all the big heads of broccoli, though the plants are still putting off side shoots. I have a big row of potatoes, and the chard is well and thriving. I have a number of beautiful Chinese cabbages, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, squashes and beans, cucumber and melons, and some corn, among other things.

Anyway, here it is, in all its glory. 

garden from a distance 

potato and chard 

weeded garden  

tomatoes squash corn

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s.m.r. saia
6/6/2012 12:52:07 PM

N. Dave, you should write that book! I wonder if you saw my post a week or two ago about a book I found called The Philosophy of Slow Gardening? It was one man's personal garden story, and how he managed his garden, and it was really interesting. I picked up two great garden tips that I am using as we speak. I love books like that. Thanks for the kind words about the book. I truly appreciate it. I do know what you mean about those kinds of days, yes! It was rare for me to have two whole days where the stars were aligned in just the right way for me to do that much work in the garden, the weather, and family responsibilities all worked out in my favor last weekend. It's still cool today, so later I may go back out and scrape some more dirt! I, too, and just trying to stay ahead of it. I was thinking about your combination raised beds and in dirt gardening while I was weeding last weekend. I think I might see if I can get a little of that going on for the fall. I have some special needs vegies that I just haven't gotten right yet. Cabbage remains a big challanged. I can't keep the bug eggs out of it....maybe if I put them in a raised with an insect barrier they'd do OK....


nebraska dave
6/6/2012 3:58:10 AM

S.M.R., nice. I wish my garden looked that clean. I portion looks a lot like prairie grass. I just haven't had the time to get there and stay ahead of the weeds. It's going to be a long summer. I see that already. I did get the grass mowed at the Urban Ranch and a picnic table partially rebuilt so the day wasn't a total loss. It started as one of those days that unexpected events keep anything on the to do list from getting to the ta done list. You know what I mean? One thing is ta done and another partially ta done. I hope that your book is doing well. I saw it on Amazon and read a page or two. My reading is mostly non fiction gardening or handy man magazines. I'm actually toying with the idea of writing a book about gardening journey through life with the culmination of Terra Nova Gardens. Yeah, well, we will see if I ever get started. Ha, maybe it should be a graphic novel. My grandson could illustrate will some super hero bugs. He loves to draw super heros. Have a great day in the weed free garden.