Thursday, June 16, 2011

Up Close and Personal

I really like weeding -- sitting in the garden and getting up close and personal with the vegetables.  Hoeing is hard on my back and not nearly as precise.
Yesterday was beautifully cool -- and rain was on its way so I wanted to get caught up with the weeding and hoeing. A few rainy days and what were tiny green specks in the dirt can become great lolloping weeds. 
Chipmunks have planted sunflowers for me here and there. I'll thin this clump down to two.

William is watching from his post in front of my lone artichoke plant.
The caveman approach to gardening -- a rib bone is great for tight spots. (The soil in the box beds comes from the chicken yard where our food scraps go to be turned into compost. Bones often show up and I make use of them.)
Shade cloth really extends the growing season for lettuce.
Imagine how virtuous I felt when just as I was finishing the last bit of weeding and hoeing, the thunder began.

Of course, there was still time for one more day lily picture. . . And then the rain came.

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17 comments:

Jj Rodriguez said...

simply shows how happy you are in what you do... because at the end you still happy to show the beautiful lily to brighten up even the day ended up raining...

like it!

JJRod'z

Ms. A said...

How I envy your energy! (and your garden)

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Just been catching up with your very busy flora and gardening exploits. Looks like hard work although maybe not for William who doesn't seem to have a care!!

Merisi said...

Great job, Vicki!
I love "working" alongside you,
and the fact that I get to smell the flowers is priceless.

Brian Miller said...

whew you have a lot to keep clean...smiles at the rib bone...

Pat in east TN said...

Your garden areas look great Vicki. Although I tend to get a little overwhelmed when the weeds go nuts, the time spent there cleaning up is very soothing for my soul.

We got 1 1/2" of much welcome rain last night!

June said...

Nice to do work that allows your mind to go off somewhere...

June said...

Nice to do work that allows your mind to go off somewhere...

Tess Kincaid said...

I adore the contented look on William's face.

Jon Lee said...

Thanks for the tip about the rib bone. I love gardening. I don't have that big of a garden, but I enjoy working in it. I didn't know that chipmunks brought sunflowers. Your flowers are beautiful. By the way, I think I'm falling in love with William. He seems so sweet. He really protects you.

Desiree said...

Love your caveman garden tool ;) Why do we need to advance?

Your veggies look so healthy, especialy those variegated lettuces. Such a cute sentry sleeping on duty, too! Perhaps he was hoping you'd forget to take your tool indoors and he could enjoy a quick chew.

Vicki Lane said...

The chipmunks snitch the sunflower seed we put out for the birds. Them they bury it in caches -- which they don't always remember to come back for.

Lyn said...

I so loved digging in with you..don't get to do that in the big city..and William looks so proud of the artichoke.

Kath said...

Thank you. Shade cloth!! We're new to vegetable gardening, and Ireally want to extend the lettuce growing

Vicki Lane said...

Shade cloth makes a HUGE difference, Kath!

Anonymous said...

Did you have any damage from the rain, Vicki? I heard on the news that there are huge power outages farther west and they might last for up to a week.
Right here in Owl Cove we got about an inch, and our three-pot garden (two tomato plants and some purple basil)is thriving!
Deana the Queena

Vicki Lane said...

Our rain was moderate, Deana -- not quite an inch -- and no damage. I think we were on the edge of the storm.