The rain has stopped, and the humidity has broken… so it’s a good day to get out in the garden!
Okay, so the mosquitoes are pretty bad. And my arms are breaking out in hives because I am allergic to grass and other such greenery, which — if you are going to pull weeds — you have to get up to your elbows in. And I am really feeling my hamstrings right now from bending over.
But still… gardening!
There’s a bit of a break in the rain and the humidity today, so I am taking the opportunity while the ground is soft to yank out a bunch of weeds. Then, if I am feeling organized and ambitious, I am putting in some of my vegetable garden: tomatoes, basil, a single butternut squash plant, and potatoes. That’s all I was able to grow from seed.
After that, I can start finding places to put my flowers. I have some poppies and blanketflowers, both perennials, that will go in along the back fence where it’s hot and weedy. Some gerbera daisies I am not sure what to do with yet, but I’ll think about it. And then there are a bunch of various annuals that I grew from seed that I’ll have to use to fill in the blanks. And I want to toss in a bunch of flax seeds and get a mess of flax somewhere — I just don’t know where yet.
I had to grow most of my plants from seed this year, because we’re watching our expenses, and gardening can be pricey. So a bunch of the seeds I started way back in the winter are ready to go in. But there are a few things I still must buy, because the seeds didn’t work out. I have to go to the local nursery and buy some green onions for the garden, and maybe something else too… Peppers perhaps? I have such terrible luck with peppers. And I want to get some portulaca for the front garden, because it’s hardy but so cheerful.
So I’ll put some peanuts out for the birds, spray on a bunch more bug spray, and if anyone needs me, I’ll be the one in the shabby shorts and t-shirt, feet in crocs but still covered in dirt, moaning and groaning… and having a nice time.
And next year at this time… we’ll have to find a spot for Mystery Baby Girl to dig in the dirt. I already bought her some little tools. 🙂