It’s Been Awhile…

Gosh, it’s been over a month since I’ve posted here on the website. How terrible of me. I began this website with such great intentions…I’ll post 5 days a week, I’ll incorporate a podcast occasionally, I’ll interview people about all of the great things that are going on in the gardening world. And instead, I’ve only posted once in the past month. Sigh.

At my full-time job, I took a personality test and the test results concluded that I was a “poet”. That sounds pretty romantic, huh? But a poet doesn’t really describe my personality…the haiku is the only type of poetry that I remember. Then the meaning of poet was defined in this context: many starts and few finishes. Meh.

My brain is like a flittering butterfly. I love to brainstorm and develop new ideas. I love to plan. My favorite part of college was getting all of my syllabi the first week of the new semester and then entering all of the important dates into my day planner. I’m a nerd, I know. My point in all of this is that I don’t want to be a poet. I want to be a dedicated garden blogger who delivers regular content to this website.

I really want to get back to posting on a regular basis but I need your help. What topics are you interested in? Inspire me by letting me know what you’re curious about. Is it organic gardening, vegetables, ornamental trees and shrubs, perennials, improving your soil…please let me know! I find myself being drawn to homesteading and sustainable agriculture blogs like Chism Heritage Farm and The Urban Farming Guys. Does that type of information interest you? Pray tell!

Shoot me some ideas and I’ll get back to this blogging thing. I have a guest post from George Graine, a Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener, coming later this week. He has more years of gardening experience than I have years on this planet. I know you’ll enjoy George’s post and I hope to hear from you soon!

November 6, 2012Permalink 4 Comments

4 thoughts on “It’s Been Awhile…

  1. Stacey,

    I do miss your regular postings!

    I have a question for you: My flower beds drive me nuts. At the beginning of spring when I pull up weeds and grass they look fabulous. However, I get so tired of weeding during the late spring into summer. Is there anything I can do now to help? I was thinking of putting down poly as a barrier and mulch overtop.

    Thanks for your help as always.

    Keep posting! 🙂

    Ashley

  2. I use black plastic covered with several inches of mulch, free from the local landfill. It’s easy to weed, since they never really get a foothold. I turn the mulch again in the fall and replenish in the spring. I just planted several German iris, they of course are not covered by several inches. These are my ‘learners’. I wouldn’t garden without my black plastic and mulch. PS I have also used layers of newspaper which works well.

  3. Ashley and Terri, that’s a great idea for a post. I personally don’t like plastic mulch. One of the many functions of mulch is to add organic matter to the soil and by having the plastic layer in there, the soil isn’t able to incorporate all of the yummy goodness of organic matter.

    Ashley, it really depends on what type of weeds you are dealing with. If you are battling perennial weeds like bermudagrass (aka wiregrass) then all of the mulch in the world won’t help you. If it’s annual weeds that you’re dealing with, the newspaper idea that Terri recommended works well. I’ll do a post soon about it so stay tuned! 😉

  4. As we speak the neighbor is tilling up our garden. Once he’s finished on the tractor, I’ll roll out a couple of round bales of hay. This will provide about 6″+ of great ground cover and much needed nutrients. Some people like to use manure (which we do work into our compost piles) but there are a lot more nutrients in the hay prior going through the cow or horse. Find a local farmer that has a plethura of bales he’s just pushed to the side to get the hay off the field and start the negotiating. A round bale of horse quality, fresh hay is $35 on average so the lesser quality for cows or even old hay is quite a bit less. In the spring when you’re ready to plant, just pull back the hay, plant seeds and when the shoots begin pushing through, just pull the hau back on and no weeds! Keep adding on more hay as needed as it breaks down. Not only will weeding be a thing of the past but you’ll find you’re watering less as the mulching hay does a great job at water retention. Hope this helps and happy gardening!

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