Winning the War on Weeds

Do you see them!!!! Trying to take over my flower beds… This bed was pristine until we had a light, yes LIGHT rain and Voila, they came overnight!!!!! I have to clean this up again to reach a goal of winning the war on weeds, but is this a weed or a beautiful flower plant?

This planter has rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, garlic chives and bell peppers. I usually have a tomato plant but last year it failed, so now I have a zucchini growing.

These two flower beds typically do not have major problems with weeds but after the winter rain it needs a good cleaning. I usually have bark down but the gardener keeps blowing the leaves and taking it with him so I decided to just turn the dirt, Yikes, that is hard work.

Here is the problem area. Crab grass and weeds galore. Takes forever to clean it and trim up the Pineapple sage. So far, two weeks with no new growth. EXCEPT for those dang morning glories.

I usually do not have much trouble in this area. It has a good layer of mulch. I planted peppers there this year.

This area where you see the rocks was taken over by the weeds and the crab grass. I got it all cleaned out last weekend, planted and put in some of the drip line. You can see my winter lettuce still growing. I just cannot eat it all. (Yes, I got lazy and have not picked up the last pile of weeds that I pulled.)

This is the waterfall that is in need of spring cleaning. You can tell by the loss of water flow. That is next on my agenda. Do you see the turtle?

The turtle is in the lower right hand corner of the screen sitting on his rock. My turtle disappeared and this one just appeared about two months later. Now a baby turtle has also appeared. Strange, very strange.

So there you have it. Now to have a talk with my gardener and ask him to keep up with his responsibilities.

I did not take a picture of it, but past the rod iron fence is our dog run. Since I do not use it as that, (We had to have a place to put the puppies while we were gone when we raised Guide Dogs as they were afraid the dogs would fall into the pond and not be able to get out.) I have planted some tomato plants and zucchini. If I do not have tomatoes this year I am going to scream. I have them planted in three different areas in three different kinds of soil.

Hope you enjoyed a tiny tour of my yard. It is so relaxing to just sit and enjoy the beauty after a hard days work. This yard work has made my arms and shoulders stronger too. That pinch plate exercise is amazing.

Three kinds of lettuce, carrots, onions, celery, potatoes, onions, zucchini, three kinds of tomatoes, bell peppers, anaheim chili peppers, pineapple sage, thyme, lemon thyme, basil, oregano, rosemary, loofa, nasturtium, two kinds of oranges, lemons, Mexican orange fruit of some kind. This is a good spring start.

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