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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Gardeners Know the Best Dirt

Gardeners really Do know the best dirt, but sometimes just the pillow it is stitched on is of any help. Does that make any sense? Of course not, unless that pillow is the only relief in sight. I have been very 'pained' lately, so gardening is sorrily on the back shelf.

Nuff said. So
on to getting organized with my garden plans again. It clears the soul, ya know.
Physical agony is making me stay inside on our ' finally ' gorgeous days. It is not making me a happy camper/gardener! Needless to say,
my garden leaves a blank page thus far, for 2011. Not like other garden sketching dating way back to 1983, when I started keeping track of what goes into my gardens and where. I also started a journal tracking the success of perennials planted. I would note where these were placed, how well they did or didn't do. It was also important to note whether or not the unsuccessful plants failed due to weather, insect damage or neglect. ( I sure wish I had done this way back in the late 60's when I first started serious gardening. )
A Barnyard Garden is one still on my wish list. By time I would get the veggies in and flower beds weeded, mulched for another year, etc., I was usually too exhausted to still plant this lil' dream. Maybe this year. Everything is getting a late start as it is, so am I already talking myself out of it? Geeeeez Louise!
Notes are essential for me. I have been a list maker-note taker, all my life and I don't see it changing. It's part of the little bit of organizing I do, Do! I may not accomplish all that's listed on my many lists, but at least it is a reminder of what should get done, whether it's in my gardens or groceries.
So, at least for the next few days, I will just be making more lists, organizing my Garden Organizer, while I rest my neck and back.
My advise for today to all gardeners in cyberspace, Watch your Back. You need your spine to stay neutral and strong or suffer the consequences. Stay healthy so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.
I'm so happy you came by and



Suz said...

I hear ya....I add a few perennials wach year where push came to shove in some area and I had vanishing plants...but as for redoing the garden..as in dig dig dig..no way
I fill in color with potted plants now..actually I wish I had done this years ago.....I still a lot of stuff rising out of the soil that is pretty...but this wench is aching now too....and I do have good soil...so many earthworms when I go a digging....Mr. Robin follows me around...NO NO I tell him..leave my earthworms alone...he doesn't listen to me
I like your journals

Paula said...

Wishing for you to feel better. I'm not feeling so spiffy myself.

Muffy's Marks said...

I am hoping your back is better soon. Yesterday it was gorgous, too bad you couldn't enjoy it. Better days are a comin'.

~mel said...

Don't do the heavy duty labor intensive work ~ but keep going at something. I guess it's a good time to update your journals. Hang in there... and stay away from the heavy work ~ that's what you got the guys around for.

A Primitive Homestead said...

So sorry to hear you are unable to get out in your garden due to your pain. Im sending a prayer up for you to be better. My gardens are my self therapy. There is something about digging in the soil & tending the plants. I started my gardens 16 years ago. I have moved things around a lot. This year I decided to start a garden journal. Yours is much nicer than mine. Your post gave me extra info to consider recording. So gald you shared your post today. Blessings!

Farmchick said...

Sorry to hear you are not well!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Amen to that, Dar... I try to be very careful --not to over-tax my back!!!! We are list-makers also and try to keep our gardens (and what is planted in them) organized. BUT--after the chipmunks and squirrels dig up all of the bulbs and move them around, who knows what we have????? ha

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Hope you feel better soon! Love your garden journal but what is a barnyard garden??

Lucy said...

I love your gardening idea of keeping a list and diary. I have never done that, before and won't start now.At 81 and a half I still get out in my 2 flower beds and my half whiskey barrel. Hubby does not like me doing that but If I just sat and did nothing I would go crazy, so I start with an old back, old whiplashed neck and just keep on in my flower beds. Then when I come in try to hide the aches and pains so he won't start harping at me. Can't stop now.

Fred Alton said...

I don't like to know all the dirt! I preach against that. ☻☻☻

Seriously - So sorry to read of your pain. Praying for ya.

ONG said...

Stretching my back out as I read this. So true. Maybe yoga is the answer. Is there a gardener specific type yoga? If not, maybe it needs to be created.

Ora said...

hey sorry you are having pain and not doing well...and I know where you are...it is hard wanting to do something and not being able like in the past....and I wish I had done as you have...kept notes and a journal as such...oh well...if if if...that's life isn't it??? take care now...relax...and next gardening time you will be at the front of the line!!!! hugs from KY...

Cher' Shots said...

Just added to my T0-D0-LIST ~ garden journaling! Great idea.
Take care and stick with the light weight stuff for a while like reading, surfing the net etc.
'love & hugs from afar'

Shug said...

Wow Missy, you are quite the organized gardener....I am very impressed...This is a wonderful idea and I sure wish that I had done it a long time ago as well...Geez, I wish I had done it last year!!
I do hope you get to feeling better real soon...

Hugs and Prayers

Fred Alton said...

Dar, Polk Salat (otherwise known as Pokeweed) is a wild plant that some consider to be poisonous to mammals. The old timers here taught Frances how to cook this green, which turns out on the plate looking and tasting very much like spinach. The tender tops of this plant must be gathered in spring - before it is fully mature and the flowers start to appear. If you wait until the plant is full-grown, it has deep purple colored berries on it. Cooking it requires the right amount of lard to kill the poison. Frances uses Olive Oil for that purpose and it works!0

Friko said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you are laid up with a bad back, just when the gardening season is in full swing.

I wish I had the sense to make lists, I still have loads of labels of plants but have now forgotten about the plants themselves.

It's never to late to learn to do better.

RonJoeWhite said...

I love the pillow!

Good advice about watching our backs especially for old folks like me :-)

Cicero Sings said...

Bummer! Sorry to hear you are incapacitated ... what a time for THAT to happen!