It’s easy for bloggers to give off the impression that their lives are perfect…
Obviously, we get most excited over sharing our successes with you- we run to the computer to write up tips for gardening, and animal care, and home cooking when we find something that works for us.
It’s not quite as exciting to talk about all the times that things are a big.fat.flop. That doesn’t mean that those flops don’t occur, it just means that we’d rather share the fun, successful things with you.
However, I’m afraid that this phenomenon can often give the impression that we are super-human… And let me tell ya, we most definitely are NOT.
Today I would like to share one of my current flops: this year’s garden.
I’ve had pretty successful gardens in the past. Sure, I’d have a few seeds not germinate, and one year my sweet corn was devoured by nasty worms, but other than that? It’s been pretty darn good.
I set out this year doing things the exact same way I had in the past. I ordered my seeds from the same company, worked lots of composted manure into the soil, and even planted a few days earlier than I had planned. Things were going smoothly.
It’s a beautiful looking lawn, huh? But, it’s not a lawn… It’s my garden.
I’m no stranger to weeds- I’m used to dealing with plenty of them. I spend quite a bit of time each summer with my fingernails in the dirt, pulling out the offenders by their roots.
But this year has left me speechless.
The weeds came in so thick and so fast, that for WEEKS it was nearly impossible to tell if any of my seeds were sprouting or not… It’s like a thick, green carpet.
Now that my seedlings are a little bigger (that is, the ones that actually germinated… I’m only at about 60% this year…) I am able to weed between the seedlings. But sometimes it’s horribly difficult to find the baby veggies, since the weeds are so thick. I spent an hour one day just weeding one small row of carrots.
I suspect the culprit is the manure I added to the soil this year. I *thought* it had composted enough to kill the weed seeds, but apparently it hadn’t. Live and learn…
As I was thinking about writing this post, I realized that I was actually kind of embarassed to share it with you… And that’s when I knew I had to do it.
I suppose I was afraid to get rebuked by a seasoned gardener and be told that I’m “unfit” to raise veggies. Or maybe these pictures will cause someone to turn me into the Gardening Police… Silly.
I’m hoping that by posting my flop today. you will be reassured that my homesteading journeys do NOT always go smoothly, despite what you may think…
Now, I know my weed nightmare could be resolved if I had several days I could completely devote to the garden.
The problem? I don’t have that much time…
Between potty training, being pregnant, blogging, constant watering (we’re in a horrible drought…), cooking our meals, doing barn chores, and working on a major outside remodel project (we are totally re-doing our chicken coop and pens), I’m lucky if I get a 1/2 hour a day to devote to my garden. But I’m doing the best that I can.
I’ve stolen a few evenings here and there when it cools off (did I mention we are having 100 degree days with hot wind?) and thankfully have been able to weed around most of the seedlings so they aren’t having to compete as much for the water and food, but that’s about it. Next, I plan to hoe between the rows, but I haven’t gotten quite that far, yet…
I plan to keep poking along on it as I have time, but as of right now, it’s pretty much a mess.
So, I’m writing this post to encourage you- don’t feel bad if and when your homesteading plans aren’t quite what you had hoped they would be… We ALL make mistakes and struggle to balance our schedules- it’s just a part of the homesteading package.
And I hope that you’ll extend me a bit of grace if you ever happen to drop in… Expect to see some dog poop in the yard, me walking around in old barn clothes, and weeds in my garden…