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On the garden locomotive

Weeding the peasIf you peruse the homesteading and serious gardening blogosphere at this time of year, you'll see that most of us are clinging to our sanity by dirty fingernails.  I went through my own little meltdown last week:

Me: "The weeds are growing faster than I can pull them!  The grass is growing faster than we can cut it!  And we still need to plant the rest of the summer garden, build the next chicken pasture, and do ten thousand other things!  The world is coming to an end!  Ack!  Ack!"

Mark: "You know, we're better off than we were at this time last year.  Cheer up --- you said you wanted things to grow, and they're growing."

For those of you who are in the midst of gardening frenzy, I hope you can take Mark's advice (along with a deep breath) and enjoy the beauty of spring.  Remember, there's always winter to catch up on all of those important, long term projects, and it does seem to help to let the weeds grow up and hide problem spots you aren't going to have time to deal with this year.  Right now, I figure we're doing well if we manage to tread water and not sink much further behind than we already are.

On the other hand, if you're living vicariously through our blog, now's when you can snicker in your cubicle....

Save yourself some time and install a homemade chicken waterer.  Less time fussing over filthy waterers means more time sitting on the porch watching the flowers grow.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I completely sympathize. Not to mention, not only did I take a long weekend off, now it's rained and rained, and there will not be any planting, or weeding or hoeing or mowing for quite a little while. Can't do that stuff when the ground is under water! Guess I can work on making the rabbit fence rounds for all my new saplings this week. (I can't for the life of me understand why the rabbits want to eat trees when there's clover blooming and growing everywhere!)
Comment by Bethany James Wed May 12 09:57:52 2010
Boy, does this ever sound familiar! I'm anxiously waiting for a row cover to arrive so I can finish putting in a bed of eggplants. I don't want to talk about the weeds. ;)
Comment by Eliza Wed May 12 10:34:28 2010
Bethany and Eliza --- I shouldn't be glad that you're in the same boat, but it does make me feel better. I hope you can take some time to smell the roses!
Comment by anna Wed May 12 13:01:30 2010
This time last year I was snickering in my cubicle. ;-) Thanks for the motivation!
Comment by Everett Wed May 12 13:33:56 2010
For 28 years I worked for a company that told me what time to come to work and what time to leave. While I was at work I was told what to do, and how to do it. Now that I'm retired, I do what I want to do, and when I want to do it. Sure I made good money with benefits, but I also saved and invested it. That is why I retired when I turned 53 years old with good health. Working for yourself and enjoying a good simple life is whats its all about.
Comment by Anonymous Wed May 12 13:37:22 2010

Everett --- I'm glad you still want to thank me. :-) I hope you take the time to relax and enjoy the view!

Anonymous --- I'm glad you were able to get out of the rat race when you did. It seems like most people who try to go that route get sucked into the consumer side of society and don't manage to save no matter how much money they're making. Sounds like you're doing something right.

Comment by anna Wed May 12 14:23:30 2010

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