Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The other worst gardening mistake


Dear friends,

I do so appreciate all the nice comments, and ideas, and suggestions for the playhouse. 

Sharon, suggested checking Craigslist free stuff several times a day for fence panels. First time I checked, there they were...free fence panels, but someone had just beat me to them. 

You all had encouraging words and good suggestions...and I am using them all! Thank you! 

When the playhouse is finished and the little pot bellied stove arrives, you can all come for tea. 

So, here's the other worst gardening mistake ever made...


Just this past fall, I cleaned out the Iris bed, digging out all the irises and pulling out the weeds. Then brought buckets of black rich soil from behind the chicken lot and re-set the Iris. 


Have you ever seen such a mess in your life! That rich soil was full of weed seeds that had also washed down the hill, and boy have they thrived being out in the sun light!

So, this fall, I plan to dig everything out again and fill the bed with store bought potting soil and composted cow manure. I make more work for myself!! 


I build a pretty shabby looking wattle fence, but you would be surprised at how strong it feels. It surely will support the half-runner beans, 

and a look too at the three tee pees. I know, real gardeners will probably get a good laugh, but hey, it was hot work sawing down these tall tangled saplings from the woods.


The soil in the teeny tiny garden gets darker and richer every year...this summer I can thank Robert and Kristine for the big bags of horse manure they gave us.

Better get busy. It's daylight now. The guineas are flying down from the tall cedar tree, and I can hear the rooster crowing from inside the hen house...addling all the hens. 

Thank you for your friendship.

Love,
Henny

28 comments:

  1. Busy, as always. And I love following you around Henny Penny Lane.

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  2. Hi Henny, love the purple irises! Your wattle fence looks great as do the tepees. How wonderful you use items from your own yard.
    Have a good day!
    Robin

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  3. Awww, Henny, I am so sorry about all the weeds back in the Iris bed. I need to get busy fighting the weeds in my gardens!

    Love your waddle fence and I am sure it will do just great with the half-runner beans.

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  4. My mother LOVED half runner beans! So sorry about the weeds in the irises. There is always plenty to do, isn't there. We are much cooler today after recent rain - it feels wonderful! God bless.

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  5. That's a pretty masterful fence if you ask me!
    And do you ever run out of projects??

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  6. Those pesky weeds! I know you can conquer them. I hope you can find your fence panels soon. You certainly are a busy bee in your garden. All that hard work and love! Have a blessed day.

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  7. Ohhhhhhhh! All that work!!!! And the ding-dang pesky weeds, make a mess of it. -sigh-

    The hot work of sawing down these tall tangled saplings from the woods! And then doing all those things, with them. Which was again, hot work! You completely tire me out, just reading all you do!!!!!!

    What I do, in a day, is so 'punnnnney,' compared to what you do!!!!!!! Mercy!

    And the word 'punnnney'... Sound it out. -grin- It means very, very weak. >,-)

    Plus, I would not have any idea, how to even begin, a wattle fence!

    Good luck with continuing to find the needed items, for your Playhouse! What a fun dream. And a fun process, bringing it to fruition.

    Lots and lots of gentle hugs...

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  8. Although there are a lot of weeds.......home grown compost is healthy......your iris' s are so lovely! Your garden is just wonderful ! In no time you will be showing us photos of lush greenery and harvest!

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  9. Such a shame about the weeds in the with the Iris, they still look lovely. Looking forward to joining you for tea when the pot bellied stove arrives. I am on the look out for one for my outbuilding.

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  10. The soil does look black and rich! Beautiful!
    Don't work too hard, Henny!

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  11. I absolutely love your wattle fence. It looks so English garden . . . perfect. Come help me build one. Of course here in our desert area we don't have woods and forest, we would have to travel at least 75 to 90 mils to find a forest to gather limbs... :(

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  12. That's a great fence you built for the beans! Oh boy those weeds, I have the same struggles, believe me! I spent an hour after work last night digging up dandelions that were in the flower beds. The ones in the lawn I leave alone, let's face it there aren't enough hours in the day to do it all!

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  13. Loving your fence, those beans will grow strong and tall xx

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  14. I like all your old fashioned fences! Would like to join you for tea in your playhouse but it is just a little too far! Sorry about all the weeds in the Iris. I guess we all learn by mistakes! Have a good day! Nancy

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  15. The waddle fence, as you call it, is so wonderfully rustic! It's downright charming around your place, Henny. I don't know if you've heard of Preen, but if you put it down in those areas where you don't plan to grow from seed, it will block the weeds. It won't bother the plants, it just doesn't let seeds and such grow. I have also heard that you can use cornmeal the same way. Preen is a size similar to cornmeal and you just put it down in beds where you have plants already, or plan to put plants in but not by seeds. Hope you find all the fencing you need soon. Can't wait to see that wonderful potting place when it's completed.

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  16. Lots of work going on there . I like your makeshift waddle fence looks great . I have had that happen from a garden center where we got a trailer full of top soil and it was full of weed seeds I was none to pleased I tell ya took me all summer to get them out of it and get it clean of weeds a few years back needless to say never went back to that place . Lovely photos and post , thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

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  17. I like the look of your plant supports! Why not use the natural stuff you have.
    Sorry about the weedy iris bed. We compost here and frequently end up spreading seeds where we didn't plan them.

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  18. Love your blog!!! Always enjoy the way you write...

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  19. Oh dear!! All those weeds!! I don't have many weeds ( after years of pulling them before they set seed) but what I have is self seeded poppies absolutely e! Welsh poppies and also California. The California are easier to pull out but the Welsh have long tap roots. They grow right in the middle of Peonies and Iris and other perennials so I can't dig them out. I just keep pulling the tops off hoping they'll die soon. Still, we love gardening, don't we? Don't work too hard dear Henny!

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  20. I don't see anything to laugh about. Everything looks great. Congratulations!

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  21. I've learned it's all but impossible to keep an iris bed free of weeds. There's no easy way to hoe them to keep from cutting up their corms. Believe me, I know from experience.

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  22. I think even Tasha Tudor would be impressed with your handsome wattle fence. I may have to google to learn how to do this. I don't do an iris bed for this very reason: Too much hard work to keep clean. But, they are beautiful aren't they?

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  23. My goodness you are an early riser! Look at your beans coming up, they look great! Because of our relatively temperate climate, and lots of rain, weeds are an endless chore here. I would juste keep that Iris bed weeded out and not go to all the work of replacing the soil. Haha, easy for me to say, but not so easy to do. I saw a whole ton of paving stones free on Craigslist the other day. Would love to have them, but it involves too much work....so I didn't even inquire about them.

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  24. You must get so much done because you get up so EARLY in the morning! I'm rarely up before the sun! Your garden is looking great. I don't know about things here in southern Indiana. It's 52 and cloudy but "feels like" 50 according to the weather site with more rain tonight, tomorrow, and Friday (after almost 5 inches over the past weekend. Like a fool I have put out seeds in several places but they are probably shivering down below and thinking about just giving up the ghost altogether.

    I can sympathize with you about the iris debacle----they are so difficult to weed. At least they're blooming beautifully. Maybe you could pretend that the weeds are just an exotic groundcover (expensive, of course, but worth it!).

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  25. About the iris bed.....I have done something similar before. One can never imagine the weed seeds that are in the dirt! In order to save a little, I use garden dirt in my flower pots in the bottom, then use potting soil on top. And I love your waddle fence! As a matter of fact, I love everything in your garden. I can tell that you work really hard. It is worth it in the end.

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  26. well that sure sounds like something I would do too!!! ha ha ha LOL I did walk by to visit with the "city Guineas" tonight. The babies are all big now and they are all doing great! They are noisy and so fun to watch!

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  27. My Iris always did that! They seem to hold weeds in the soil. :(

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  28. How have I not met you before now? I love your blog.... and I will be back! Hope you have a fantastic Wednesday!

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