Grow, Baby, Grow

| 5/29/2020 12:00:00 AM

 Looking into my in-ground garden

These pictures will immediately show that I am not a Gardener, worthy of glossy magazine spreads where I’m attired in white linen and interviewed on my methods and secrets. I’m not ashamed to call myself a gardener, with dirt under my nails, muddy knees, and bits of debris in my hair. It’s the end of May, and I still have the cabbages and broccoli starts to put in the ground, the straw blew out from between the onion rows in the last windy storm we had, and I honestly have no idea where all the welded wire tomato rings are (I know I used a few to patch fencing, and others are still around the pawpaw trees I planted two years ago, but there should be some more around here!).

And this is all okay – I keep reminding myself of that. There have been years we didn’t get anything in the ground until mid-June, years where I gave up trying to keep things watered because it just wouldn’t rain, and years where it all grew perfectly. This year I have a good stand of onions, the potatoes are emerging from their straw covering, there are cucumbers, tomatoes, and zucchini all stretching their roots down and their leaves up.

The weeded raised bed

One of my two hugelkultur raised beds got a thorough weeding today. These two beds started life as herb gardens, but apparently, I’m not the greatest at raising herbs. Unless it’s mint. I’m spectacular at growing mints. They are all slowly taking over the beds, which is fine with me because hot or iced mint tea is my go-to all year long. So I weeded amongst the applemint and peppermint and planted the poblano peppers, jalapeños, and Brussel sprouts. The walkway got a good layer of woodchips while I was out there, as well. It’s forecasting rain today, which may or may not happen, so we’ll see if the second bed gets weeded and planted – the broccoli starts will join the applemint that is already growing.


6/5/2020 5:51:43 PM

Keba, I definitely hear you and am in the same situation. I have designated four out of the 12 rock lined beds to keep completely weed free and planted as I reclaim the other beds. I had to take a sabbatical from gardening for a couple years and the garden went completely rogue and returned to the wild weed and vine infected way it was when I started clearing the land nine years ago. The bones of the beds are still there but it has to be totally reclaimed. So here's to weed free growing zones. Have a great day in the weed free zone. Nebraska Dave Urban Farmer

Live The Good Life with GRIT!

Grit JulAug 2016At GRIT, we have a tradition of respecting the land that sustains rural America. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing to GRIT through our automatic renewal savings plan. By paying now with a credit card, you save an additional $6 and get 6 issues of GRIT for only $16.95 (USA only).

Or, Bill Me Later and send me one year of GRIT for just $22.95!

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds Newsletters