A RELAXING HOBBY; COZY TIME SPENT WITH NATURE CLEARING AND PREPPING THE RAISED GARDEN BEDS!
Today’s the day I get together with several other bloggers and share a monthly post for the “Cozy Living Series” hosted by Jennifer from Town-n-Country Living. I’m always honored to be a part of such this group with so many talented girls. At the bottom of this post you’ll see more posts to click on and see what cozy means to them for the month of May.
If you’ve followed me for any length of time you’ve heard me say recently how I truly want a simpler life. I want things to move at a slower pace. I want to enjoy what I do and I want to go to bed at night proud of my day’s accomplishments. I’d like to think I won’t worry about tomorrow but in reality it sometimes wakes me in the night. I haven’t gardened in years but I decided I’d give it ago this year. I know I’ll have to fight the critters for the produce but I’m willing to do that because gardening is something I enjoy.
I have 16-raised garden bed that needed a good cleaning out. I’d planted them to flowers over the years and they needed to go if I wanted space for veggies. I spent one day pulling out all that was currently planted in the beds and moving it. I told myself I’d do a couple a day and pace myself but once I got started it wasn’t bad so I kept going and did half the beds the first day and the other half a couple of days later.
We’d recently had a good rain and that made it easy to pull up the flowers. A pitchfork is my friend when it comes to uprooting perennials. I just force it under the plant and pop it right out of the grounds with my foot. After the beds were all cleared I spayed an organic weed killer just to make sure no roots would sprout up again.
Organic Weed Killer Recipe
- 1 Gallon white vinegar
- 1 C. lemon juice
- 1 C. Salt
- 1 T. Dawn dish soap
Add it all to a garden sprayer, shake well, and spray weeds.
I let the weed killer do its job and a week later I add compost and manure to each bed. This year I purchased it in bags. It’s easier for me to handle and I don’t have to ask hubby to haul a load for me. Sometimes a girl just wants to get the job done and not have to wait for any help, if you know what I mean.
I don’t know about you but I need to plan my garden. I draw it out on graph paper and make sure I have room to fit everything in. I’m not one to just willy nilly plant things randomly. I like it to look neat and make sure the plants play nice with what’s planted next to them. Yes I even get out the colored pencils and draw in plants. I think it’s the OCD in me, lol.
Next I make a list to keep in my purse while I shop. I have a list of live plants and how many I’ll need and I have a list of what I’ll grow from seed. If I don’t keep a list I wont remember everything I want to plant. Old age I guess, I keep a list for everything now.
I want the garden space to be eye appealing too so I grabbed some lumber to make a few trellis and other garden art with. If it ever stops raining here in Michigan I’ll get right on that project. Gardening for me all comes down to doing what I enjoy, spending time in nature, and releasing the stress of every day life. It’s a place I can tune out the world and feel cozy in my own little space. It has benefits too; the family will be enjoying delicious, organic, fruit and veggies from the garden all season long.
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