In the garden again!
Right after breakfast this morning I headed out to the garden to get some weeding done. The bugs were really biting so I tried something that was suggested to me in an email. I used a fabric softener sheet inside my hat and it worked to keep the bugs away. Must be something to it! I finally got the flower bed weeded completely. What a job. I took out three and a half five gallon pails full of weeds today. I still have to cultivate the soil after I add some composted manure. I got a nice surprise when weeding as I found a violet amongst the weeds, and it was blooming. I took more pictures of some other things in the other gardens. Another picture of my Iceland poppy, competing with all the dandelions. A clump of flox blooming as well as some yellow pansies with another clump of flox. Some blue pansies blooming.
Iceland Poppy in Bloom
Flox and yellow pansies
Once I got the flower garden weeded I came in for a break and then back outside to rototill the other vegetable garden and also the new patch of garden that I will be planting next year. I got a good workout and when I finally came in my hair was wet with sweat. A nice shower cleaned me up and now I am just having some down time, cooling off and relaxing.
The back yard is just full of dandelions. Here is a picture just so you can see what I have to deal with.
I would like to use an herbicide but because of the water table I don't want to poison the well or the creek, so I live with the dandelions. Besides, they are only around for a few weeks and the riding mower takes care of them. That will be my job later today, to cut the back lawn.
I almost forgot to mention about a plant that I have that is overrunning my small flowerbed and lawn. It is called Goutweed or snow on the mountain. It is very invasive and I recommend if you are going to plant it, then keep it contained in pots. It spreads by the root system and here is a picture of it. I may have to replace all the soil once I dig it out.
A girlfriend gave some of this plant to me a few years ago and now I have to get rid of it. I didn't know at the time how invasive it is. I am thinking of planting some under the trees along the front of the yard where the grass won't grow. I can always cut it off with the mower if it creeps onto the lawn, but I am still thinking about doing this. I would hate for it to take over the front lawn.