Weeding was always my favorite garden chore. My second is pruning. What’s yours? I always had tons to weed since I didn’t use herbicides of any kind. Only Organic gardening for me. Other than a few times where I did make up a Fels-Naptha soap and garlic wash or just hand-picked the insects off to dispose of them.
Some love their riding lawnmowers and I get that. I used to use my mother-in-laws years ago. She had a lot to mow so I would do it for her cause it was kind of like riding a go-cart. Depending on how many acres or your physical condition, makes sense. My mower of choice many years later was a manual lawnmower. It worked out fine for me.
At this time of year, end of June, I would have planted everything by the end of May, I would have had some harvesting of perennial herbs, lettuce, peas, radishes. I would have had strawberries if I planted them as well as Black and Red Raspberries.
I would be busy weeding, mowing, watering and daily walk through looking for signs of harvest or trouble. I always had lots to do if I wanted to. Sometimes I would mulch a lot to keep the weeds down, other times, I just pull weeds by hand or use the tool I had for the large single root like dandelions. There was always something very fulfilling about “rooting” through my garden and improving the appearance like that. Great exercise too.
Spring will be here before you know it and I really wanted to speak up on behalf of the birds and the bees. I have a page called green gardens where I gave rather vague information in regards to having an organic garden in a small city yard. I will be moving out of my home this year, due to an expected foreclosure due to being “Po'” for real. I still plan on posting more information on gardening organically this year whether or not I am still doing much of it.
If you have a balcony, patio or an actual yard, the very least you should do is get some flowers planted. You can start early with seeds or just grab a few hardened plants later in spring to plant. Do what you can to provide food for our nearly depleted honey bees and please don’t use herbicides or pesticides in your area. They are not usually needed. Our society thrives on commerce and through the years a number of large corporations have used advertisement in the hopes to convince people how much better their gardens and lives will be with their dangerous products. Products that may give greener, more perfect lawns but at what price? The loss of most of our much-needed honey bees as well as the dangerous Runoff poisoning other wildlife, polluting of our waters and needlessly destroying other vegetation.
Any day now all your hardware stores will begin to stock rows of herbicides and pesticides that most of us really have no need of. Many of us are only too eager to waste money on products that are ruining our environment and the world as a whole with little gained in return. If these products were marketed fairly, not one person would purchase them. Yes most have warnings, but how many read that far down? I remember lawns before these products were invented and they were full of clover, wild violets, dandelions and other ground cover we call weeds. They were beautiful and full of bees as God and nature intended. Someone decided by brainwashing the public to want lawns that only the lords and ladies had in England so as gullible and easily swayed as most of us are, we bought it, literally.
Now we need to break those bad habits and get some exercise weeding instead of spraying. I have lived here 10 years, only used weed and feed once a couple of years after my freshly seeded lawn came in, but made up my mind, never again! I have a metal telescoping weeder that is fantastic because I don’t have to bend down and it grabs and pulls the weeds out easily. I do allow clover and wild violets, but anything else goes because living in a city requires that you keep your property up to code. I will do just what I have to do to conform, but I do refuse to go against my own principles anymore. I never use chemical fertilizer, but fork in humus, manure and compost as needed. As I previously mentioned on my GREEN GARDENS page, be sure your plants and seeds purchased are non-GMO. There is a difference between this and hybrids. Hybrids are fine.