I love to garden. Growing up in the country you have to have a garden. I think it is a law. It is definitely a good idea. Mom froze everything, but I am learning to can. This year I am actually going to use a pressure canner (after I get the gauge tested, of course). I spent a lot of time in our garden when I was younger. I’m sure that my mom and dad will have other memories, but I don’t remember ever not wanting to get out into the garden. Weeding was never one of my favorite activities, but I got a boom box one year and spent many an hour listening to rock and roll and waging war on the weeds trying to take over my carrots, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and everything else that was trying to grow in our soil. When my husband and I moved to Urbana we had a yard that we could dig up. It started off with just a small patch and has now spread across the entire back part of the yard. We are mainly working on a Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden but we have a small veggie patch thrown in, too. So far we have managed to attract lots of the brown birds, ie sparrows and finches, as well as Rose Breasted Grosbeaks, Red Winged Blackbirds, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Orioles and some Grackles. We are trying to discourage the grackles, but they are pretty stubborn. And this year we have managed to attract a nesting pair of House Wrens!
This is very exciting to us because twelve years ago our yard was a corn field. The only trees on our property are the ones we have planted in the last eight years. We have only had Robins and sparrows nesting on our property. And grackles, ugh!
Till the next time… Dig It!