Thursday, July 28, 2016

Gardening Is My Thing



I like to think I've inherited a "garden gene," my love of
gardening,  from my dad. I'll qualify this by saying I'm by no
means an expert, a master gardener, a garden guru, garden
author, or any other title attached to someone who has expertise
in gardening. I'm simply one of mllions of people who garden.


My garden spaces are small but I have several areas that I grow
flowers, herbs, and vegetables. I've learned over the years that
growing in small defined areas works for me. I like to decorate
my yard. I like yard art, vintage farm tools, rusty metal signs
depicting expressions from the garden, I like potting tables, 
old chairs, watering cans, bee skeps and scarecrows. I think 
you get my point. It's visually appealing and lets me be creative.


I am a gardener. Although my gardening is a hobby, an activity
if you will that started as one for exercise and relaxation, my 
participation has grown 100%. I begin, weather permitting, in
late March and finish in late September. And while I grow some
vegetables, like carrots, radishes, and tomatoes, my goal is not
to supplement the family food supply but to provide us with 
some of our favorite foods. I've grown lettuce, peas, green  
peppers, cucumbers, broccoli, zucchini, green onions, and green  
beans, and been successful. I've tried corn, blueberries, garlic,  
potatoes, and been unsuccessful. So I grow what I know, what  
pleases me. Herbs are another favorite thing I grow. Except for  
my large lavender and chive beds, I use strawberry jars for my  
herbs and keep them right on the patio.













 



The glory of gardening: 
hands in the dirt, 
head in the sun,
heart with nature.
To nurture a garden is to feed
not just the body, but the soul. 
                               -Alfred Austin  
                                    

I don't know anyone that doesn't enjoy flowers. Adding the
beauty of flowers will brighten and enhance any landscape.  
My favorites flowers are the ones that attract butterflies and
hummingbirds. I also enjoy cutting the flowers for bouquets
and indoor displays. My current summer flower favorite is
the Zinnia. 



While gardening is my thing, it's not my husband's favorite
activity. But he steps in to help whenever I ask. He paints,
puts up the birdhouses, etc. etc. He also creates some of my
yard art, building something I just have to have. He's also
my biggest fan and loves the decorated yard and garden.
Thanks Ron!! Note, (I try and make sure he has golf and
basketball time.) Now Sam (the Pug) is my yard buddy, 
my inspiration for pictures and ideas, and my go-to for
conversation. When he visits, he's my garden sidekick.
I can't wait to introduce my grandson Ethan to gardening.
We're going to have a blast!!!
I hope I've given you a little bit of info about me and my
"garden thing."Grow something, it can feel so good!








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    Thanks!
    Michelle

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