I’m Over My Garden


Karen LynnI only have one good friend who basks in the dog days of summer, but most of us are done with heat almost as soon as it comes in. A true confession from me, a Leo, that spring and fall are my favorite seasons! This will be very telling to all of you that I am a person who enjoys living in the past and certainly planning for my future much more than living in the current moment. I was going to write for the GRIT Blogging Community a much different post, then I realized if I don’t get honest with ya’ll why would you ever want to read one thing I have to say?

So here’s the truth it’s almost August … I am completely over my garden this year. My dreams of tomatoes got squashed by my stream of college visits and graduation hoedown preparations … don’t get me wrong this is the season the Viking and I are in, but between closing out my job for the summer, job hunting for a new one, which I landed by the way, then getting a suburban homestead ready for a gathering is no easy feat. For one, you have to have the bees safely tucked away or at least to the best of your ability, you also have to have your chicken area looking unrealistically clean looking … by the way, kudos to all those working farms who have everything looking pristine – it’s not such an easy job!

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We created great memories and then we moved our son to college early; shortly after, we moved him back and soon he is going back to school again … if you have been in this season, do you remember those days? We are so excited for our lineman son, but it’s an extremely busy season in our lives. I remind myself that there will be other summers and isn’t that the beauty of a garden? The truth is every seaso,n except for winter, in most cases we get to start all over again from scratch.

So here are my confessions ….

Back in the spring I was so hopeful about diving into my garden.

7/31/2015 12:43:07 PM

Karen: I so feel your pain I'm so over my garden also. I planted potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, cucumbers, cantaloup,squash, pumpkin, tomatoes, peppers. This was going to be the big garden this year, the squash bore took all of the squash left me one pumpkin took most of the cantaloup. The potatoes are under a sea of weeds and I can't find the onions, the tomatoes are still all green and it is almost August. My plan for next year is all containers and grow bags using kiddy pools. No more up and down a steep hill full of holes and maybe snakes, no more dragging heavy hoses. No more carrying heavy five gallon buckets of gray water. Once I get the containers and grow bags set up maintenance will be so much easier. The garden will be at the top of the hill on flat ground, it will be like walking to the truck to go some where. Ellen from Georgia

7/30/2015 10:27:54 AM

Karen, I'm not quite over the garden just yet. There have been some disappoints this year with the deer eating the strawberries and killing half of the plants and the raccoons destroying the sweet corn even before it was close to being ripe. My plans are headed toward next year with fences, fences, and electric fences. That way if they ravage my garden again, they WILL pay the price. It's become a challenge of wits, me against the wild. It's one thing to keep animals in a pen with fencing but keeping out wild life requires much more planning. Wild life can jump, climb, dig, and fly. So not only will there be a six foot wooden fence around the garden but also chicken wire and netting protecting the beds inside the fence. Well, I'm not as mean as I talk. I like the wild life around. I just wish they wouldn't be so greedy and think that it's all theirs. :-) ***** Have a great winding down summer day.

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