Garden of Weedin'

It rained, hard, for about 12 hours on Tuesday, which was great for the garden. I am really glad I got the swiss chard and collards weeded Monday night. I went out again last night and did the bush and pole beans, some of the corn (it's in two different places in the garden this year), and the beets. I'll weed carrots tonight and then that part of the garden will be done, at least for a few days. 

My grapes. I am inordinately proud of my grapes, but they are hard to grow around here:

Note to self: Must mow that hawkweed down...

Some of the corn:

My lavender hedge is spectacular and the flowers haven't even bloomed yet:

The husband weeeded it for me last week and said that he smelled really good afterward. 

[Can I just say how much I hate men's aftershave? I cannot stand the stuff. I can't even stand the smell of the shaving cream that the husband uses—thank goodness he doesn't shave every day. Maybe I am weird, but I want my man to smell like a man (or like lavender), not like some chemical perfume. Ick.]

A lovely little cabbage:

And the bush beans:

The garden is coming along. It has reached the intensive labor stage that will last for the next several months, but it's worth the extra effort to eat clean food. I did 18 pints of kidney beans in the canner Tuesday afternoon. I'll need to do a batch of Great Northern beans soon—we're almost out—but then we should be good for beans for a while. 

No mice in the trap yet; the deluge Tuesday washed all the peanut butter off the spinning tube. Also, the husband thinks that the mice may just have too much other food to eat out there and they aren't tempted by the trap. We'll keep tinkering with it. 

I found some really cool home dec fabric yesterday at Jo-Anns. I would like to combine it with some waxed canvas for an Explorer Tote, but I have no idea when I am going to get back to the sewing machine. [Insert sad face here.] I knew this was coming. I think my sewing time will be limited to rainy days from now on, although DD#2 asked me yesterday if I would make a set of grocery bags for her boyfriend because he really liked the ones I made for her.  I am going to try to squeeze that in this weekend. They are all cut and out ready to go, so it shouldn't take long. And he's a nice kid. 

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Reader Comments (5)

Hi Janet, reading this article from Threads, with all the pictures of the vintage machines, made me think of you and your love of multiple sewing machines.

(BTW we met when you taught a class at Threadbare in Lansing, MI Having grown up on a farm, and being a knitter/spinner/sewer, I enjoy reading about your life adventures)

SW Michigan

June 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Emily, thank you for checking in and thank you for that link! How fascinating to see what vintage machines other people love to use. :) I am glad you like the blog.

June 15, 2017 | Registered CommenterJanet Szabo

That row of lavender will bring lots of pollinators to your garden.

June 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHusband's mom

Yes, it's always covered in bees during the summer. I put another row of lavenders at the other end of the garden but they are slow to get going. It has been pretty wet, though.

June 16, 2017 | Registered CommenterJanet Szabo

Ugh, I'm with you on the issue of scents. Even if I were not fragrance-sensitive (fabric softeners are a particular trigger), I don't understand why everything has to stink a different stink from everything else. What if one has a "signature cologne"? How do you keep everything else from drowning it out? (Dismounts from hobby horse.)

June 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJudith in Ottawa

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