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Weeds in the gardens and tangles in the health journey

Saturday, June 15, 2013

First, thank-you to SparkFriends who sent me messages discreetly inquiring if my Spark quiet was in any way sinister. It's nice to be missed, and for sure I'm missing my Spark interactions. Nothing serious going on here. It's just as the blog title says: weeds, weeds, weeds, WEEDS, both real and symbolic.

I used soil from the municipal composting program and fertilizer direct from the farm next door when I put in new gardens last fall: neither source has facilities to sterilize their product. You can imagine what that means -- the weed seeds in the soil have taken full advantage of the new nutrient sources of the fertilizer, and the weed seeds in the fertilizer have taken full advantage of a new growing medium! coooo-eeeeeee! Pigweed! Thistles! Convolvulus! Plantain! Chickweed! Quackgrass! I'm one busy weed-picker. And that's on top of the regular push to keep a couple acres of grass under control during the spring growth period and do all the other spring yard stuff.

And of course the trips to the 'city', the occasional day of teaching, the volunteer time at the Tourist Info centre, church and church meetings and Regional District meetings are as frequent as ever. *And* I make sure I steal every possible moment to take advantage of good outdoor tanning conditions when they happen!

So, yeah, I'm not Sparking and I'm missing it, but I'm fine. Well, if sliding backwards by about 5 lbs and neglecting any kind of serious cardio exercise can be included in "fine", then I'm fine. Won't be long till the pool is warm enough that I'll be able to do some water aerobics every day and that will help. All good, nevertheless.

Keep Sparking, you faithful ones, and savour summer, everyone!
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  • COREY195
    nice to hear from you
    2095 days ago
  • RUSSELL1960
    It's fun to hear about your garden adventures and challenges. I'm enjoying our garden as well. Except, I had a maddening fight with rabbits this spring. I knew I was in trouble when I saw two rabbits engaged in a bizarre hopping courtship ritual in our neighbor's yard. The hopping was successful apparently. The rabbit population multiplied and the resulting clan thought it was cool to mow down my beans. They were also munching on my popcorn, okra, artichokes, and beets as well. This left my mind full of murderous thoughts and I dreamed up all kinds of ways to kill and eat rabbit! But I settleld for a non-violent solution and put up poultry netting around the garden. That solved the problem. But I have great news regarding weeds! I tried something new this year that is working like a charm. I collect the grass when I mow the lawn and put it down three to four inches thick on the garden as mulch. That has kept the weeds suppressed and also helps keep the soil moist. So weeding has not been an issue this year. We enjoyed beets from the garden for lunch today and had salad and swiss chard (with cod) for supper - all from the garden except the fish, of course. I expect the first zucchini later this week. Gardening is wonderful and I do count it as exercise.
    2103 days ago
    Gardening is such a joy!!
    2106 days ago
    What are you growing in your gardens besides the resilient weeds?
    2106 days ago
    Time to tuck in and deal with the weeds. There might be a better way. emoticon
    2107 days ago
  • NWFL59
    I think weed pulling and your other gardening chores should count for a lot of calories even if they're not aerobic they certainly count for NEAT calories burned. Glad you had time to post something and that everything is copesetic. emoticon emoticon
    2107 days ago
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