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Lessons from the garden July 9, 2010

Posted by Barbara in Gardening, Life.
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*It takes good planning to make a really good garden.

*Plant enough for yourself, enough to share and if you want to go organic, enough for a bit of loss to bugs.

*Stagger the timing of planting to make the season last longer and keep it all from demanding your attention at once.

*Don’t leave sunflower heads on the patio to dry.

*Coyotes eat watermelons.  Down to the rind.  But only 1 or 2  a night,  to make them last, I guess.

*You can’t fertilize the veggies without also fertilizing the weeds.

*I can’t tell when the watermelons are ripe.  Thunking is dependent on how much they’ve been watered.  Apparently, so does tendril wilt.

*Don’t procrastinate when small problems arise.    They multiply exponentially overnight.

*Okra has beautiful flowers, but they are hidden  under the leaves.

who knew okra flowers were so pretty?! on Twitpic

*If you work together, gardens can grow families, too.

*There is no point where we are not  excited and renewed by watching life cycle in a garden.   From the smallest sprout to the seeds dropping from the dried sunflowers, the process is awe inspiring.

*It tastes wonderful when you grow it yourself.  Even if you thought you didn’t like it.

*Wear a hat and a long-sleeved sunshirt.

*The work is never done.  But that’s okay.  Tomorrow will bring its own rewards as well.

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Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.

~Mrs. C.W. Earle, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1897

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