The Worst Part of the Garden

I propose that if you live in the country, grow some of your own food, make the wood necessary for your winter’s heat and hot water, along with all the other chores necessary to keep a homestead going, that the word “bored” might apply to other people, but not you. I try to imagine what it must be like to have nothing to do, and although I think I have a pretty good imagination, I fall short.

With everything going on this year, I’ve had some difficulty keeping up with the garden. I’ve watered the greenhouse garden regularly, which is important since it gets no water from rain. I’ve also watered the outside garden when it has needed it, but thankfully we’ve had enough rain this year that it hasn’t been necessary every time. Since I water with buckets from the pond, the time and effort involved in watering is significant.

One of my favorite sayings is, “the best fertilizer is the farmer’s footsteps.” When I’m out there watering, I see all manner of rough edges. And since watering the garden is only one chore on a long list for the day, sometimes I just walk away from those rough edges. The trouble with the garden is, the rough edges get rougher with every passing day. So for the past couple of days, I’ve tried a new tactic. I find the worst part of the garden… overgrown, plants too thick, etc, and spend a few minutes making it the best part of the garden. Literally a minute or two on my knees can make a difference on a row of beet plants. Then the next time I walk by, I smile and nod my head. “Good looking garden,” I think to myself.

2 Responses to “The Worst Part of the Garden”

  1. Tom Heider says:

    A man of words and not of deeds ! has a garden full of weeds !

  2. Ted says:

    I’ve not seen a single weed in your garden Tom!

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