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Great garden weather and all. But it also means great weed weather.

When the phone repairman was here, he briefly considered digging a trench to put in a whole new underground line all the way to the house and looked down a long bed between the back fence and a row of espalier where the line would have to go.

“Is that . . . something . . . or is it just . . . ” he wondered.


Something, I assured him, nothing I want dug up, in spite of appearances. Subsumed by this jungle are two blueberry bushes, a seaberry bush, and three juneberry bushes.

Time to weed and mulch. It just ALL GROWS SO FAST.

Poke weed.


Garlic Mustard. Hate this one especially. I keep a separate bag in which to dispose this because the chickens won’t eat it and the seeds will continue to be spread if I don’t keep it out of the mulch.


Smartweed. If you see this and think the little pink seedheads are pretty, don’t be fooled. Never let it go to seed. It will take over your whole universe.


Trumpet vines and sawbriers with their unstoppable subterranean root systems. Need a shovel for these two ruffians.

IMG_7631IMG_7630Ragweed. Ugh.


I work in the garden everyday, but it tends to be unfocused job-hopping. I see a weed, I might pull it, I might give it an evil look and a promise to BE BAAACK, but every year around this time, my best intentions have failed.

It’s gone way beyond mere pulling here and there and evolved into Tom Sawyerian fantasies of tricking gangs of naive neighborhood children into believing how fun it is to weed and mulch. (My own children already know better).

I have a new plan, and it’s a whole two days old and I haven’t fallen off the wagon yet.

Don’t laugh.

I plan to weed an entire row of the garden every morning before it gets too blazin hot and then call it a day until the next morning.

Until it’s all done.

And I have to start over at the beginning.

I will.

I think I can, I think I can.

Yesterday I weeded the center path. Here’s the after. I wasn’t thinking about blogging and didn’t take a before picture first, but it was impassable and the bricks had stuff growing between most of them.

IMG_0470It may not look like much, but I was so proud of it I kept thinking up excuses to walk by and stare.

This morning I tackled this row, bordered by garlic just getting ready to dig, renegade-but-delicious strawberry plants, and a horde of volunteer tulsi.




IMG_0474The after may not look great, but I feel so much better knowing all that smartweed and garlic mustard is routed and I can see down the path again. It’ll look better with a layer of mulch and after I transplant those wayward strawberries in the fall.

Tomorrow is another day . . .  to weed.




Spicy Sauteed Sweet Potato Greens With Thyme and Fresh Garlic

by Daisy Garden

I only recently learned you can eat sweet potato greens. Apparently entire continents already knew this, which leaves me feeling a bit left out, like I did when I learned you can eat squash greens, too. For my maiden voyage with this new-to-me green, I went the safe route and sauteed and seasoned it up […]

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Sunflower Fort Update

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

It seems like yesterday when I planted this sunflower fort, but it was really only mid April. Less than 2 months later, the sunflowers have grown up over my head. With the tropical-like rains we’ve had, interspersed with plenty of sun, all the plants in the garden have taken off like rockets. In the sunflower […]

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Fodder Feeding for Chickens and Rabbits

by Daisy Barnyard

I don’t remember where I first heard about fodder feeding for livestock, but from the beginning it made good sense: sprout and begin to grow the grains you feed your animals before you feed it to them. It maximizes your feed dollars AND nutrition, a win/win. Of course, it’s not effortless, or everybody would be […]

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Misadventures in Urban Plantsmanship

by Daisy DIY

I bought a pineapple guava plant through the mail. I was lured by promises of tropical beauty and exotic flavor. It was around midnight, and I had fallen down an internet rabbit hole of off-the-beaten-path edible shrubs, vines, and other fantastical fruits. My eyes locked onto pineapple guava and I was mesmerized. Apparently, the petals […]

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Lately Around the Farm

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

  It’s been a practically perfect spring for gardening. Plenty of rain, but not too much rain except for about a week there when we wondered if we should start looking for a source for gopher wood. Everything is blooming or fruiting, so I took some pictures of the garden with the glow of spring […]

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A Shared Passion(fruit)

by Daisy Garden

It all started with a sad day, a walk of hope. I wrote about it here. It ended with a bumper crop of passion fruit, not a bad outcome, at all. That passion fruit I planted is back, with a vengeance. The thing is, it moved. It moved underneath the fence, to the sunnier, southern […]

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Carrot Woes and Wins

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

First for the win: I have delicious carrots! I have dozens of beautiful carrots, all in a row. I used seed tape, store-bought this time, although you can make your own. I kept them watered, almost daily, which I think is the secret, along with loose, rich soil and a relatively cool, long spring growing […]

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I Didn’t Know I Could Grow: Pomegranates

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Somewhere along the line I was brainwashed into thinking there was a list of certain plants I could grow. Frustratingly, that list included things I can’t grow: European pears, sweet cherries, and most stone fruits; at least not without a lot of fuss and spraying and disappointment. However, over the years as I’ve whittled down […]

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Overseeding Your Lawn

by Ivory Soap Free Plans & Printables

A lush green lawn is the perfect welcome mat for your home. But despite your best efforts, it’s not always easy to keep it in top shape. Bare spots, or weak, thinning or patchy grass can appear seemingly overnight due to compacted soil, poor drainage, weed infestations, or just plain weather. To bring your lawn […]

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How to Make the Best Cup of Tea You’ve Ever Had

by Ivory Soap Beverages

America may have its legendary tale of the Boston Tea Party of 1773 (when Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty threw more than 340 chests of tea off three ships moored in Boston harbor), but when it comes to making the perfect cup of tea, it pays to look to the British. Long known […]

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Daisy’s Rules of Pie

by Daisy Z

Pie is the best. Or the worst. Like so many things, a good pie is GREAT, and a bad pie is terrible. When something has so much potential, sub-par renditions are made execrable by comparison. I hear so many people say they don’t know how to make pie, and I think that’s too bad. There […]

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How to Make a Healing Green Salve From Your Yard

by Daisy Herbalism

Nature knows that summer is going to bring with it a host of skin challenges: bug bites, heat rash, sunburn, mysterious itches, minor scrapes and more. To give us a weapon to deal with these complaints, springtime lays out an array of skin-healing plants. Now’s the time to act while these plants are present, fresh, […]

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No-Dig Sunflower Fort Step-By-Step

by Daisy Garden

I’m disorganized at everything, and gardening is no exception. Most of the time when I remember to do something at the right time, it’s by accident. I’ve seen examples of sunflower forts for years, but never, apparently, at the right time to plant them. Somehow this year was the exception, and I finally planted one. […]

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Worm Farm Basics

by Daisy Barnyard

Why would anyone want to raise worms? There are tons of worms everywhere already! Underneath the potted plants on the patio, below that cardboard box you left out on the driveway, every time you stick a shovel or a trowel in the dirt, worms! You want worms in the earth, right, improving the soil in […]

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Suggestions, Please: Promoting Green Lawn Care in Your Neighborhood

by Daisy Green Up

Every spring when I step outside and the stench of my neighbors’ lawn care service chemicals hits me like a bad memory, I have the same impulse: convince everybody to go natural! This year, with the increased popularity of, I was hoping I might have more of an opportunity to reach a few people […]

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Into the Archives with Deanna: The Smartest Bear…

by Ivory Soap Z

Remember that old thing about the National Park trashcans?  They can’t make them bear-proof because there’s too much overlap between the smartest bear and dumbest human?  Well, I found the same to be true of goats, gates, and children. Remember this? (pictured below) It didn’t get better. I finally had to choose between garden and kids. […]

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Guess What? Chicken Butt!

by Ivory Soap Barnyard

You know how some people say to “leave it on the field” or “leave it on the dance floor?”  My chicken left it “in the yard.”  Her chicken butt, that is. If you’ve never been awakened by a screaming 13 yr old at 5:30 AM, “There’s a fox in the yard chasing the chickens!” You […]

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What A Face

by Daisy Barnyard

We brought the buns home last night. They’re getting settled in, getting more than their fair share of cuddles. More photos later, and a pic of the other sister soon. During this photo shoot she was napping in the hidey box so I left her alone. But seriously, folks. Check out this mug. That is […]

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Into the Archives with Daisy: Ramen Noodle Dishcloth

by Ivory Soap Z

It happens every year: my winter knitting drags on into spring and I lose interest in having my lap full of wool. Still, I like to have a little project for waiting rooms, non-taxing tv (being companionable while someone watches any sporting event), and the odd free moment when knitting calls to me. For that […]

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