We have two veggies gardens on our little piece of heaven. We typically have herbs (basil, oregano, cilantro, thyme, mint), beans (black and green), tomatoes (any number of varieties), peppers (same thing as tomatoes), squash (pumpkins, butternut, and acorn), watermelon, potatoes, spinach, eggplants, broccoli, zucchini, cabbage (red and green), and cucumbers.
Our pantry usually has any number of things we’ve canned, our freezer with frozen veggies, and it’s saved us literally thousands of dollars. It’s a labor of love, no doubt. I typically get things in late because I’m not a fan of teaching then coming home and working like a dog until dark. I’ll get seedlings planted and seeds ordered, but we usually are getting stuff in a little later than more. And it’s fine, but our harvest is usually a little later than most as well.
We have flower gardens as well with all sorts of perennials flowers popping up, so there’s always color around the place. My parents are moving to town (another blog post) and with their move means a literal life time of color, plants, and gardening will be left for someone else. We’ve been helping getting things around for them along with doing garden walks to see what plants we’d like to take with us. Parents have created flower gardens that would put professionals to shame. They are immaculate with a huge variety of plants which never seem to run into one another! And the vegetable gardens? Weeds? What weeds? True, being retired for 20+ years will do this to a person, but I remember our HUGE gardens (I come by this genetically) that were weed free. It was and is a feat of wonder!
So, when I go out to my ratty, weed filled garden, it’s with one sole purpose: rip out anything that does not belong there. My wife will come help with the veggies, but she’s pretty well taken on the flower garden. We tend do not weed the same way, and it gets on my nerves from time to time.
It’s true. When I weed, I want few, if any, survivors. Survivors mean seeds which mean another generation which is never a good thing. I will spend probably too much time on weeding, because I want the roots out. I want zero trace of the little parasite who was sucks the nutrients out of the soil so my basil wasn’t growning.
Ok, that’s a bit harsh, but I do like to thrown down a row of weeds that I’ve pulled out. That green manure is always helpful (along with a thick layer of grass clippings) in keeping other weeds down. Now, it’s not fool proof, but it’s very helpful as I won’t use chemicals in my gardens.
My wife, she’s a self-described “lawn mower”. She snaps off weeds, leaving the root structure relatively undisturbed so it can regrown leaves, flowers, and seeds! Her method goes much quicker, so she tends to be done before me. However, she’ll go back in a couple of weeks, and then again after that session. Ok, perhaps I exaggerate, but it is more than one pass through the garden for her.
Saying all this, does it make a hill of beans difference how it gets done? Nope. If we can keep the weeds down, I’ll poke fun at my wife and her weeds, but the job gets done. And right now, her flowers look amazing, my veggies are close to being ready, and we have enough compost to last us until I retire!♥️
Fresh veggies with a side of heckling! How can you ask for more than that? 😂
July 27, 2021 at 11:34 pm
I thought of you and your little piece of heaven when we drove through Iowa last week on the way to the Badlands. Good luck with the garden and all the harvests to come.
July 30, 2021 at 2:36 am
Oh the Badlands! 🙂 I have fond memories of family vacations going out there, getting donuts at Wal-Drug, and seeing Devil’s Tower! I hope you and your family have a wonderful time (and thanks for thinking of me!)! 🙂
July 28, 2021 at 4:13 am
It is wonderful to have fresh fruits and lively flowers in your garden.
July 30, 2021 at 2:35 am
I agree! The produce that comes in gives us much joy! And what we don’t eat can be enjoyed later because of the processing we do to save both food and seed! 🙂
July 28, 2021 at 7:38 am
Not by desire, but by necessity I am a serious weeder, too! Home garden and 3 large school gardens. So I HAD to read your post. There is a lot of philosophy in weeding, we agree. I am of your school of thorough weeding but STILL have to return and return. More mulch needed? I also think, every time I pull one, “well, that can’t go to seed, now.” Keeps me going. Thanks for a fun to read post, and I love the liveliness added by. The sarcastic hashtags- great element!
July 30, 2021 at 2:34 am
It’s a silly battle, thinking we’ll ever win against weeds, but one we fight year after year! 🙂
July 28, 2021 at 3:01 pm
Your little piece of paradise sounds heavenly, weeds and all! (Some folks eat dandelion leaves, don’t they?) Do you put up your herbs up for the winter? I chop basil leaves into ice cube trays and fill with olive oil. After frozen, into a ziploc bag they go and then I use them all winter. 🙂
July 30, 2021 at 2:33 am
We do put herb up! Today, we emptied the dehydrator out of basil and oregano, then refilled it with basil, oregano, mint, and sage. We tend to make the basil into pesto, freezing it, and using it throughout the winter months. 🙂
August 3, 2021 at 2:34 pm
That’s pretty neat to then have fresh herbs all winter! 🙂
July 28, 2021 at 7:10 pm
Love the post! Your gardens/yard sound wonderful! We will be moving within a couple of years, so this sentence struck a chord with me, “parents are moving to town (another blog post) and with their move means a literal lifetime of color, plants, and gardening will be left for someone else.” A well-cared-for yard is something hard to give up. I can walk through our flower gardens and tell you where I ordered seeds or plants from – many now native. I’m already pulling some out (not in totality) but taking offshoots and offspring of the plants I’ve nurtured for the last 15 years. Yup. It’s hard. But, hopefully, the next people will appreciate it.
July 29, 2021 at 9:33 pm
That is so true! Even now, we can walk through and talk about the stories behind the plants in our respective garden. The marijuana plant that showed up with my parents’ raspberries has provided years of fun ribbing. It will be hard to see them move, but we’ll have so many memories and pieces of plants from their place. It all adds the the mosaic of life. 🙂