Neglect

We have sorely neglected our kitchen garden.

We’ve let volunteers and weeds go wild. Borage, tomatoes and lamb’s quarters threaten to choke out peppers, carrots, broccoli and brussels sprouts.

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The kids go out almost daily and cut away at the infiltrators and I try to pull thistles out by the root when I think of it. But, like fighting the Japanese beetles, it feels a bit futile.

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Just like every year, I start to feel forlorn about failing to get all the projects we wanted and planned to do done.

  • We didn’t plan well enough to avoid the Japanese beetle takeover.
  • We didn’t pull and/or transplant enough volunteers to prevent the kitchen garden from turning into a jungle.
  • We didn’t take the time to learn more about pruning trees.

And then, just like every year, I look back at the projects we did manage to finish.

We planted 65+ trees.

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We added posts and wires to the vineyard so the kiwi and grapes could continue their upward climb.

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We built a new, bigger run for the 16 chickens we added to our homestead.

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We transplanted sea berries and blackberries from the fedge to the vineyard.

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We built a squash arch.

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We built an herb spiral.

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We discovered we had a rooster.

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We fought Japanese beetles…and lost.

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But, at least we tried and got a few…thousands.

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After thinking of all the projects we did complete and all the goals we did meet, I feel kind of like a superhero, a rockstar…a successful homesteader.

Feeling blue and sad
All the failed plans we had
Until I stop and review
All the things we did do

6 responses to “Neglect

  1. Neglect is such a negative word. You are doing a fine job, as you are teaching your children everyday. They will learn and wait until you see their fruits of your labor.

  2. I keep hoping we’ll find a small place for a garden. We’ve got pots of sweet potatoes and watermelons. I need some vegetables!

    • You are container gardening! We started doing that in Michigan and it just ‘grew’ from there. I never have much luck with watermelon and haven’t grown sweet potatoes before. Lettuce and herbs are great container garden plants.

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