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7/24/2013 2:00:00 PM
Back Talk From The Back House
By Nancy Wilson

The garden
I actually finished weeding my little garden this morning. I must admit, I have a very small one, a raised bed (my son built it for me) in which I planted two tomato plants, one zucchini (I hope to get enough from that for my fall zucchini stew that I build and freeze and enjoy all winter), a couple of flats of basil, that I use in many, many dishes, and a flat of dill, all of which died before it could even start to grow.

Except for the loss of the dill, the rest is doing very well, and I have high hopes for a significant crop of what there is.

I know this probably doesn't sound like much to more intrepid gardeners, who grow huge crops of everything. I have a friend in Monroe who lives for her garden each season; she plants a huge one, with at least some of just about everything you can name, and spends most of her summer working in it, except when she takes time off for a swim. (Sometimes she even comes down here to share a swim in my swimmin' hole.)

But consider this; this is the first time in many, many years that I've attempted any garden at all. In the last one I had, so very long ago, I grew asparagus and garlic, among other things.

These were both successful crops, but now they have become lawn and flowers. I had to give up gardening because I could no longer do all the bending and/or kneeling it required; if anyone tells you growing your own food is easy, send them to me to set them straight.

As far as the weeds are concerned, I've been picking at them daily, slowly, digging (they're too deep for mere pulling) them each morning right after breakfast, before the heat settles in.

I've been doing this for several weeks now, and finally came to the end of them today; the garden is free of weeds. I'm truly quite pleased with myself for having gotten this far.

I really thought I'd be able to mulch once I got the weeds out, but I just checked the price of mulch (one place only), and decided I'll have to keep on weeding.

I find, however, that there's something primal about digging in the dirt. During the years when I didn't, I missed it.

I'm actually glad to be back at it.

Earlier after I'd first planted, it rained about every day; now I'm wishing it would rain again. I've been going out in the evening to water; it seems that a raised bed requires a lot of it, so I'm trying to keep up with that, too.

I've been diligent for once, about taking care of my small garden; I sure hope that the two tomatoes and multiple zucchini that I expect from it will be worth all the work I've put into it.

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