Garden Headaches

| 11/6/2008 4:01:54 PM

Tags: garden, family,

As far as I’m concerned, gardening is hard work!

My garden, before all the work. Check out the sedems!

My garden area is between the house and the sidewalk to the front door, and it’s always been a sore spot. When I first moved in, it looked like a jungle. I finally cleared it out, and then the grass took over.

There’s a beautiful Japanese maple that keeps getting better every year near the front window. A huge hosta huddled next to the house, and it just kept getting larger. Two sedems also managed to survive the jungle, and they too were huge, leggy and unmanageable. All three plants were constantly being hit by the lawn mower, as we tried to keep the grass under control.

So after more years than I care to count, I decided something needed to be done. My sister volunteered to help (I’m sure she regretted that offer at some point during our adventure), and we set a date.

That Saturday morning, I headed to the garden supply store and bought mulch. Soon the bags were stacked in the garage, and I was trimming back the sedems and the hosta.

Jean Teller
11/24/2008 3:57:59 PM

Oh, good point, Taylor. I'll keep that in mind! Did find a few things in a gardening magazine that might do the trick - garden art (I love the globes and the stars that light up after dark), a bag of wildflower seed balls or a pot of Star of Bethlehem that could be transplanted. Cindy, I spent several hours this weekend raking up leaves. The silver maple in my backyard decided to grow, with a direct consequence of a think blanket of leaves. I didn't get the entire yard done, but I did manage to get eight, (yes, eight) compost-friendly bags of leaves to the curb this morning. Quite an adventure for this non-gardener! Most years I've simply ignored the leaves - decided that wasn't an option this year. BTW, it definitely was good exercise! Even with my other health concerns, which make it a thin line between exercise and exhaustion, I did it! A strong sense of accomplishment!

Taylor Miller
11/24/2008 3:29:36 PM

Jean - I'd be careful about putting your indoor plants outside - if they get infested with any kind of bug, aphids, spidermites, ants, they can be a real PAIN to get out, especially if you don't know they're on there. :-( I brought in an outside begonia this winter, and it caused a lot of headache. :-(

Cindy Murphy
11/20/2008 3:04:22 PM

"It may be that I turn into a gardener yet!" It may have an additional benefit, Jean - in addition to beautifying your garden, and helping the environment, (lawn is basically the most unenvironmently friendly ground cover there is, excepting cement) - guess what? Gardening is great exercise! I read your post about diabetes, and incorporating exercise into your routine - gardening is a good and simple way to start.

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