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Minnesota Musing: My Garden Story Has a Good Plot

Updated on June 6, 2017

The Weather Was Right

A storm was brewing in the southwestern sky, coming our way. Perfect time to get our garden planted.

My hubby had sprayed the crabgrass the week before in hopes of eliminating the weeds. They had yellowed, but had not disappeared. They had to be removed before we could put any plants in, so he started the tiller and began to attack them.

The tiller could not even budge them. Bigger guns were needed, so he went and got the bobcat and the forks and started stabbing the ground with the forks. This was very effective and soon, he was able to use the tiller and work the soil.

Gardening is His Idea

I'm not a gardener. I love houseplants.

Why is it that houseplants don't get weeds? I never weed them. They are wonderful. Gardens, on other hand, get weeds, and are obnoxious.

Today, the garden looks great. But, soon, the weeds will take hold and the nice, black dirt we see today, will be some obnoxious, root infested mess.

I, for one, am not looking forward to it. It would be different if Minnesota was not famous for hot weather, persistent mosquitoes and, and, well, I'm sure there's something else for me to complain about, but right now, I got nothing.

He's Guarding... Not Gardening

Must be a Dragonfly Larvae

Straight Rows

It is somewhat important to know where your rows lay, since eventually, the tiller will have to cruise between the rows of plants and there should be some semblance of order so that the tiller can get through without disturbing the 'good stuff'.

Seeds and Sets

For our lettuce, we purchased a few packages of seeds. "I like fresh lettuce", the hubby informs me.

Not out loud, but in my head, I have a few thoughts. I still do not have a green thumb. I recall one year, planting a package of 'fancy' lettuce. The kind of package that has seven varieties to grow.

The only problem I found with the mixed mix, is that, you do not know if what is coming up, is weeds or lettuce. Even worse, you don't know if what is coming up, is edible or not. It was a nightmare.


Today, the temperature was 83 degrees. It was hot, but somewhat dry, so the hubby had me pick up a couple sprinklers to hook to the hose and water the garden, and some grass seed he planted.

Getting the sprinklers set up was a challenge. First you must get the hose hooked up. Then, you must turn the water on to see where it sprays. Then, you must move the hose for optimum watering. Then, later, you must turn the water off.

Well. The watering is done. I'm ready for bed.

Hope my gardening endeavors pay off in the long run.

Wish me luck!

Watering With Hose and Sprayer


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