This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he always thought the garden was his. Even though I do all the work, he always stood by me. I'm located near Boston (in USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and try to grow all of my family's vegetables.

Thursday, March 31, 2011


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"I got the idea when I saw a neighbor using a paint brush on her hands and knees painting each individual weed with a systemic herbicide. I thought why not just fill a long tube with a sponge on the end of it with herbicide. This makes it possible to just stroll around your yard, pressing the tip of the cane on each weed. This method effectively and quickly makes the weeds disappear." - Mike Smith, Inventor


My hands hurt; even my fingernails ache
from pulling weeds which were neglected too long,
allowed to grow until they assumed (and why not?)
that the garden belonged to them
or any wild seed which might blow by
or be dropped by birds.
Why is it my shoulders straining at burdocks
which have definitely settled in for the summer?
Why not some unsuspecting teenager’s
who might have been conned into doing the job
for a few dollars an hour, and who, by nightfall,
wouldn’t feel a twinge; would sleep like a pup?
I will feel every muscle in my body
and stay awake until all hours.

The only answer I can give
is that at least I was the one
who felt the wind freshening;
and where the grass was deepest by the stone border,
I was the one who stared the wild cat in the eye
and did not blink first.

- Peggy Billings


Blogger Siren_song said...

This reminds me of a article I sent my husband ( who is currently finishing renovating our home) about the benefits of doing things the hard way. There is something to be said about the satisfaction of doing a job well and knowing that it was accomplished with your own elbow grease. Love it!

March 31, 2011 4:31 PM

Blogger Alexis E. said...

I find it so funny to come across this today. I just spend the first two of hours, of many to follow, in my backyard pulling weeds my hand. When asked by a friend why I didn't just spray them I said, "This is healthier and it's free." There's no arguing with that.

March 31, 2011 4:37 PM

Blogger NellJean said...

Dig, dig, dig, pull, pull, pull. --that is my mantra.

March 31, 2011 8:17 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Weeding is always something I have enjoyed. Its a chance to see what going on in the garden - and in the outdoors. And there are many ways to do it. Hoes, hands and knees, black plastic, mulch. Just get in there and know the garden. But no herbicide - that's just silly.

March 31, 2011 11:10 PM

Blogger Wendy said...

I agree. There's something about connecting to the earth and working it. I can't imagine doing it any other way. Some people garden. Others landscape.

April 03, 2011 9:03 PM


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