Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Want To Join Me For A Marathon Weeding?

And so the drizzly, cloudy days continue.
I spent yesterday in the garden doing what I call a "marathon weeding"...
only taking a break to eat a little lunch and feed the herd/flock.

I filled the back of the gator twice with the weeds I pulled.

Of course I had a hitchhiker...

and a few more friends stopped by to say hi....

"Wanna rub my belly?"

Now, that's a happy kitty!

Never, in the history of this garden has there been so many weeds.
Before weeding all my aisles looked like this....

After weeding...

Much better!
I am about a third of the way through this job and hope to have it done by the end of the week.

Last week I had posted a photo of orange coneflowers...

A lover of Echinacea, I have tried to acquire as many colors of coneflowers as possible.
Planted around the vegetable garden are...



 and green.

Do you know of any colors that I might be missing?
If you do, I will most definitely search for that color!

I wanted to show you my pumpkin patch.
This little garden has been so successful, we are thinking of enlarging it next year!

The cabbage is about ready to be turned into sauerkraut.

I see corn on the cob in the very near future.

And the zinnias... enough for bouquets every day.

Lots of sunny sunflowers will feed the birds this autumn.

And the main attraction... pumpkin babies....growing and maturing by the day.

I can hardly wait to harvest our own pumpkins for fall decorating.

Every time I look, I find more.

All kinds....

all sizes!

I also used a little drizzle time to straighten up the greenhouse.
Nothing is growing in here right now,
so it is time to get organized for next winter's planting.

I added a shelf on the far wall to hold trays and pots.

One thing is for sure...
I never run out of things that need to be done!


  1. look at those pumpkins! how exciting! you can spray those weeds with vinegar and salt and it will kill them. our weeds are bad because the winter gave them the boost that makes them grow like crazy. same with my perennials.

  2. Echinacea Cinnamon Cupcake may be a nice one to try. A beautiful dwarf plant with double cinnamon red flowers.

  3. I don't think I've ever seen miss Flanders out of the barn. I think I would just want to throw my hands up with all those weeds. Great job backbreaking though. I love coneflowers as well. I think I have seen some white ones? You pretty much have them covered them now . Your pumpkin patch did really well. They will be fun for decorating in the fall. Enjoy this beautiful day!

  4. Gayle from Oklahoma!July 16, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    White, you need a white coneflower!

  5. I noticed in your garden posts that you are using the black gardening cloth for weed control, is it working to help with the weeds in the raised bed gardens? We are over run with weeds this year too!

  6. I agree, weeds, weeds this year. There is a dark rusk colored cone. I don't know the name but my friends has it and I am on the hunt. I also love cone flowers for they bloom most of the summer and provide lots of color. It's off to work so I can get home and weed some more! Hugs!!

  7. I use a wheel barrel to put my weeds in. I definitely need a Gator! Your garden is just lovely! I am growing pumpkins for the first time this year. Very exciting to see all of them on the vine! Beautiful collection of coneflowers!

  8. Oh I would of helped you on your farm any day even if was just weeding ! I like the ground garden tarp you have used I need to do that for next year in my gardens to keep the weeds at bay ! Lovely photos ! Everything looks wonderful there ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

  9. I adore echinacea. I spotted Waldo, I mean Minerva!

  10. What a gorgeous garden. I'd want to spend every moment possible out there too, no matter the weather. Our pumpkins haven't done a thing, just flowered.
    Coneflower also comes in white! You have a lovely array.

  11. I love your garden....makes me wish that I had one. The weeding looks like such a big job,,,,and you do such a good job of it! Love your hitchhikers so your pumpkins! Love your blog. keep up the great work!

  12. I think growing pumpkins must be the best time ever . . . any white ones?

  13. Love all your kitty helpers! Your gardens are quite impressive. I really miss having one this year.


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