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I could of course sit back and enjoy the garden, everything was in such good order when I got back. But not me, my greatest enjoyment is to do.

I pimped the tomatoes and cut the grass around the edges. That was tiring enough for yesterday, and I slept very well too. Now there is more trimming to do, weeding and even harvesting. The garlic is ready to dig up, especially here in the pumpkin patch before it gets flooded over by the pumpkins.

And of course I DO take plenty of time to sit back and take a rest and enjoy!

Another crop circle weeded.

Now that most of the weeds are gone, the vegetables will grow and fill out the area.

The weeds will soon be back. Most of the weeds are nice ones but too many, like poppies, cilantro, marigolds, sunflowers, etc, others are not as well appreciated such as crabgrass, thistles, lambs quarters, chickweed and bindweed.

We have been getting about 10 mm of rain every week. Just right!

And the weeding, etc, is coming along fine.

It seems like this years weather has been near perfect. I got an early start, the last frost was much earlier than usual and it’s been warm and sunny with a good amount of rain. It’s growing very well.

There are plenty of weeds too to take care of before we head north for a little vacation.

There’s a lot left to dig (turn over) for the winter. 

And inspite of the snow, I’m still at it. 



I’ll probably be at it until Christmas or even after, if the weather stays conducive. 

However, if I have to leave one crop circle (next years pumpkin patch) undug, that’s allright too. After 10 years of working this heavy clay soil, it’s getting some very good tilth, and the rooty weeds seem to be pretty much under control – my main objectives with the digging – besides the great physical wookout. 

More getting ready. 

The Tipi looks majestic. 


The weeding is never done, but I’m always trying. 


We finaly got the roof on the new shed. It took a team of six to figure out the angles etc. 


The food tent is up. 


And still there’s lots more to do before the big garden party tomorrow. 

It looks like the weather will be great. 

It’s nice to be home again. The garden looks good. 


9 days of new growth. 



But I could complain, the weeds have been growing even more so, the rabbits and deer have been feasting too, and my hay fever is worse than ever after the period of relief up north. 

But why complain!

Before 

After 

It doesn’t take much time for the weeds to get going, and they can soon take over the garden. Here it is mostly an invasive kind of poppy that I don’t dislike, but I have to keep it under control along with the rest of the weeds. 

It looks pretty desolate after weeding. The seeds have hardly germinated, and I do do a thorough job – microweeding. Most organic or eco gardeners allow for weeds because they don’t like monoculture or bare earth, but I have to have the weed situation under control before leaving the garden for a week and a half for our annual trip go the far north. And, although I don’t care much for minimalism, I like it when it comes to weeding. 

Mulch gets piled on as I weed or as soon as possible, and I  leave a few poppies and other nice weeds like cilantro for color and food. 

Now that all is sown and planted in the garden it’s time for maintanance – watering, weeding and mulching and starting to harvest the early stuff like spinach and radishes.

Weeding cockleburs.

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This corner of the garden was dug up for a sewage system update. There is more work to do on it, so it remains an open sore and thus has a major weed problem. There are thistles, crabgrass and lots of other difficult weeds including cocklebur, also known as burdock.

The tender part of the root is edible, and in Japan it is grown as a delicacy known as gobo. But there are a few too many in a place that is hard digging, so they are chopped off and sent to the place for dangerous weeds before they go to seed.

I will be glad when it’s done and landscaped, so that I can maintain it with the lawn mower.

It’s warm, windy, the sun is shining almost all night and there is a promise of a little rain for this evening. Perfect for the Summer Solstice Celebration.

A picture from last year.


I always try to get all four crop circles filled out by solstice, and this year I succeeded. Yesterday I planted out all the remaining plants and seeds, leaving a couple of beds empty for a later crop of lettuces. Most of the first weeding is done too. Last year I was later by more than a week.

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Now I can feel relaxed for a couple days of partying.