If you have a perfectly manicured, weed-free garden, just stop right now. Close the browser window...this isn't going to be your cup o' tea.
It's early May, and our garden adventures have begun for 2016. We planted a few things a couple of weeks ago, and the kids and I have enjoyed checking the garden for new, emerging tasties every day.
I've been weeding the garden, too. Pulling weeds out of wet, clumpy soil is so therapeutic in the spring, isn't it? We have months to go until weed fatigue sets in! Everything's exciting and fresh! The warm sunshine literally feels like the best thing on Earth.
Somehow, my garden is still a weedy mess. After weeding, and then weed burning, and tilling, and more weeding, it's like the Switzerland of Hamilton County for weeds. "Hey everybody! Head over to the Doolittle's garden, Krystal hasn't weeded in 38 days, and T-Ball hasn't even started yet!" Trying to keep up with a garden and feed young humans and do my stuff and actually get kids to events like swimming lessons and ball games during the summer.... it's a bit of a difficult thing. I did not know that was going to be a thing.
Here is what I'm working with today. Crab grass haven.
But the crab grass is going down. I have a new ally.
Look at this slick little weed burner! Technically it's a de-icer, but shhh. No one needs to know. (I'm just now noticing a cup is in this picture on the left. That's what one year old Bernese Mountain dogs will do for you....relocate your entire kitchen to the lawn, cup by cup.)
I'm still in the trial phase with this weed burner. I've been burning a variety of things like crab grass, blue grass, mulberry trees (yep it's that bad) and other stray weeds in the garden. I think it's going to have a long-term spot in my weed arsenal, because I can get nice and close to plants without worrying about chemical crop protectors drifting into areas I don't want.
It was not the wisest decision I've made to use it with rubber boots on, but that's another story.
I got pretty close to these little loves and didn't bother them a bit.
These are my lavender plants that survived the winter!
I didn't think they would, I didn't know they could, but here they are, my pride and joy of the garden. I started them from seed in February of 2015, so heck yes I'm giving them TLC.
Lots of TLC. Until the middle of June, when we're in full swing of summer fun and festivities. We will:
be tired of weeding.
crash the local library/park.
harass our dear, tolerant neighbors.
The garden will morph into a plant war zone. I'll need a machete just to get past the tomatoes, because every year I plant them too close, and every year I tell myself the year before was an exception; they will grow like normal, well-mannered tomatoes this year. HELLO, we live in Iowa and have incredible soil, how do I not learn? There we will be, bushwhacking through the thickets of the Congo basin to find the green peppers. The mini-watermelon plants, where did they go? Did the stray sunflowers that I never pulled crowd them out? Nobody knows for sure, but my money is on the neighborhood woodchuck.
I'm literally headed out to the garden right now to finish putting up the fence and weed with my child work force. (I kid, the wild ones will also be planting potatoes and onions with me and they love it. Yes, I know it's late to plant these things but THIS IS HOW I GARDEN PEOPLE. It makes little sense.)
Until next time,
Hello from the heartland! I'm Krystal... a farming wife and mom. I believe in living life and living it well. My Christmas tree is up year-round, usually half decorated. I'm a lover of logic and laughter, full-fat dairy products, photography, and starting off my days with God's hand-crafted Iowa sunrises.