Do you know the song?
“Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow.
All it takes is a rake and a hoe and a piece of fertile ground.
Inch by inch, row by row, Someone bless the seeds I sow.
Someone warm them from below, ’til the rain comes tumbling down.”
I remember hearing the Garden Song as a kid. There are versions by Peter, Paul and Mary and John Denver so you can take your pick on which you prefer. I’m a little partial to John Denver, mostly because he wrote a song that is very near and dear to my heart.
You know the words…
take me home
to the place I belong
West Virginia, Mountain Mama
take me home country roads”
Okay, I digress. Back to the garden. The weather was beautiful on Sunday, so I took advantage of it and started working on reviving our flower beds out front.
If you remember my post on Saturday, the flower beds were fighting back. The grass was moving in and the weeds were taking over. It wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been, but I wasn’t going to let it get any worse.
It took a few hours but after I tamed the grass and got rid of the weeds, the garden looked like this:
And while I was at it, I trimmed the bushes…
Removed some of the bee balm… (This plant unfortunately is a member of the mint family. I wish I would’ve known that when I bought it. It is pretty when it blooms, but it grows like crazy and that was not my intention for this location. Each year I’m going to have to pull a lot of it out in the spring to keep it from taking over the entire right side of the garden. Its root bed is intense. It’s going to be interesting to keep this plant at bay… a good lesson learned.)
Cleaned up the pots on the front porch so that I can plant new plants in them…
And after I cleaned up the mess I made on the porch, I stood back and admired my hard work.
And today, my thighs are still burning! But it was worth it. I can cross a few things off my garden to do list sooner than I planned!
Remove the weeds and grass.
- Add a stone wall around the perimeter of the garden to keep the grass out
- Replant our
potted porch plants(this is halfway complete. I still need to plant new plants)
- Add some flowers to the flower bed on the right side of our garage door
I’m making progress!