As a result of embarking upon this new-found entrepreneurial adventure, I've decided it would behoove of me to actually get past the "serious dabbler" stage and become "truly serous" about gardening. Hence, this blog...
Oh, yes--in my excitement I have purchased additional books on composting, worm composting, hydroponics and organic gardening, and even got excited over the Fiskars reel mower that my dear hubby bought for me (with the promise that I would actually mow the lawn--I won't go near that gas-powered monster if you paid me!), as well as the new pair of gardening gloves that I purchased at Russell's Garden Center (they ARE pretty sweet! Very tough and durable, yet feminine...and they wash easily, too!)--but alas, all the reading and new toys don't mean diddly, unless you actually get out there and start digging!
So today I spent about 5+ hours in the backyard digging up my overgrown garden and relocating plants that really needed a better home than where they were stuffed into the dirt just a few years previously. I must say, it was really quite therapeutic; getting in there and clearing out the jungle of misplaced herbs that were overcrowding each other and fighting for their bit of the sunlight. My four-year old daughter, Anna, wanted to help mommy the only way she knew how--by digging up the onions I had just planted! Thankfully, I was able to redirect her energies to collecting the rocks that I was digging up and tossing them into the rock pile that has accumulated over the years (we DO grow rocks very well here in New England...you should see the bountiful harvest from today's gardening event!). Anna decided that she was going to set aside the prettiest ones and start her own personal collection of rocks in her bedroom.
At the end of the day, the borage, rue, anise and tarragon have a new home in one of the raised beds my hubby helped build last year, the lavender is happily sunning itself in another location in my garden, and the sorrel has been collected from various locations and is now preparing to flourish in the other raised bed with the onions and sweet potatoes.
While there is still LOTS more to do before I feel the gardens are up to my personal standards (there is still the front yard with which to contend--tomorrow's adventure, perhaps?), I feel that today was quite the success...and I have the beginnings of a great farmer's tan to prove it! :-)
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