Monday, August 11, 2014

Weeds

 "A weed is just a plant growing in the wrong place, at the wrong time."

They get a bad rep, those poor weeds.  They are sprayed, pulled, smothered and burned.  Every gardener works hard towards a weed free garden.  I know there has been many discussions in our home about how to deal with weeds in the pasture.  But surely they are there for a reason...right?  Why would God put something on this Earth just to cause us aggravation?

The more research I do, the more I realize that I am overlooking a gardening resource.  Weeds can tell us about the condition of our soil.  They can prevent erosion, bring up nutrients, and conserve moisture.  I would love to share an article that I came across that I actually printed out.

Weeds: Don't Shoot the Messenger

Fantastic reading.  I hope that you get as much useful information out of it as I did.
  


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Flowers in the Garden

I planted flowers in the vegetable garden this year.  In the past I have stuck with sunflowers and marigolds, but I decided to mix it up a little.

Volunteer holly hocks taking up residence in the middle of my strawberries.


I can't remember what this is, but it comes back every year.


 I've shown this before, but I just can't get enough lavender.


I think these are gladiolas.  Scarlet Runner Beans on the fence.


I planted mostly bulbs. Usually I have pretty good luck with bulbs.

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