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Garden Attempts by Novices - Take 10

May 10, 2007 - 2:41 PM

Weeds and water. Weeds and water.

It would be one thing if we hadn't planted our cold weather crops before now and could start all over again.  This is our next door lot neighbor (if it is owned that is) that has done nothing with their garden yet...

Grass in garden

It is quite another thing when your crops are in and growing and aren't about to start over again. Leaving you and the kids with mounds and mound of work ahead of you.

Zeke hard at work

I really don't think gardening should be done this way. This is sheer torture. If we did this in our back yard we would SO not have this major of an issue but as it is this is our lot in life, literally. Talk about a tedious task. I would not wish this on anyone.

Before Broc

All these grasses in our beds (thanks to a fellow gardener who used grass seed wrongly) need to be removed. In order to do this we have to go through and break up the soil with our mini fork thingy and separate the weeds from the dirt. The weeds love the dirt and are really firmly rooted for being so little. It is a one by one type of task.After about 15 minutes in one section it will look like this...

broc after

Now it looks like anyone else's garden in the whole entire free world but our little lot. I am not bitter though, honest. I trust this, like all things are not outside of God's knowledge and trust that this is for good for our little gardening lives. And even though we end up spending an hour and only have this to show for it...

Broc Bed

It is worth every minute. It is definitely teaching the boys hard manual labor and perseverance when they want to give up.

It is teaching me about sin. Weeds are definitely like sin.

  1. They start off so small and tiny. They creep in unnoticed by most human eyes or minds. These grass seeds were in our beds before we planted our first crops. And the larger than life dandelion field next to our garden land with its oh-so-tiny wisps of white puffs are landing in our garden every minute and we just can hardly see them to stop them and before we know it they are in and going down and growing and until they pop up their tiny little heads, we don't know where they are.

  2. They take work to get rid of. And you can't always just pull them out and wa-la, done. You have to get them down deep, get to the roots and expose the whole root. You have to let the root stay out of the ground for a while so it can actually dry out and kill the plant so that it doesn't accidentally get replanted too soon and keep growing. Any part of them left in the ground means a new place to grow and they will keep coming until officially killed.

  3. They want to live. I initially thought, "Oh at least our maggot mats will keep the weeds out..."weeds under mat

    Nope. The weeds are working their way out, sliding across the top of the dirt, even not fully buried, trying to get out to the sun to grow bigger. They are tiny but determined and ar

Response to Garden Attempts by Novices - Take 10

  • Maren said on May 10, 2007 - 4:51 PM

    I really liked your post today, Dana. Thanks for keeping us updated on your garden! You guys are doing such a fabulous job! Every time I do garden work I think of the verses having to do with sin and seeds of faith and plowing up the hard ground of our hearts, etc. There are SO many similarities, and I love to think about them as I garden, so it's neat to hear that you were thinking of that as well. We can't wait to see you all soon! Happy birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday! Did you take the day off from gardening for your birthday or no?

  • Dana said on May 10, 2007 - 5:22 PM

    Actually for my birthday I got to garden by myself for a half hour or so just for fun. We had a wonderful picnic lunch at our garden site with Jessica & one of her boys she nannies for, Leslie, Josh and our cuties. It was beautiful! And then Jessica played at the park with all the kids while I worked for a while digging up weeds just to try and get on top of the situation that is massive! There is enough work to keep 10 adults busy for a whole morning! :)!

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