Little Time This Year! :(
Because of the rain that we've had almost every day for the past two months, the weeds have gotten way ahead of me! I have everything in the milk jugs (winter sowed) yet. I had wanted to plant lots of tropical milkweed, but the milkweed patch is so overrun with weeds that I can hardly walk in it let alone plant anything. To add insult to injury, in addition to the multitude of weeds that I have already had, I also now have Canada Thistle growing in the milkweed patch! The place where it is the worst is amongst some bushes that I planted here 15-20 years ago. I spent several hours yesterday cutting those bushes all down so I could get to the thistle; otherwise, I thought I wouldn't be able to get rid of it. I also see that it's growing at various spots where I want to plant the milkweed.
The only garden that I really have control of is the one closest to our house. I have managed to keep that weeded between rain drops the past few weeks, and I managed to put plants in one section but have lots more to plant in there. I also have another garden (very big) that's overrun with weeds. I don't like to spray if I don't have to, but I broke down and sprayed yesterday or else everything would be weeds the entire summer...so then, what's the point of having the garden?!
When I dug all of these gardens out, I did it by hand with a trowel, digging out the lawn (didn't even spray it to kill it first). So I ended up with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Cubital Tunnel Syndrome; I was operated on for those with little success. I had intended to run the Mantis tiller that I got last year but found out that I can't stand the vibrations on my hands. I can't depend on my husband because he won't do it, so I guess I'll just have to do a little bit at a time and hope for the best. I just don't want anyone to do something stupid like I did and go hand digging so much lawn to make garden because you'll regret it. I had so wanted to try to have plants here for every butterfly that I might be able to get here in my county, but now the stark truth is staring me in the face...I have to downsize. :( It upsets me to no end that I can't provide for the butterflies like I want to, but I literally have trouble sleeping at night thinking of all of the things that I have to do outside. I'm taking the time out now to type this because it's so hot outside and I came in for a break before I pass out.
I've given up on trying to kill a big patch of crown vetch that someone had in some ground that they dumped here one time. I am always so busy gardening that I hadn't noticed it growing until it was already pretty much out of hand. That stuff is very difficult to kill! I know it's a host plant for some butterflies, but I don't like the way it's crowding out everything in its path.
My biggest challenge here is keeping the weeds under control. There are various kinds growing in the lawn and are now also growing in the gardens. A few I never noticed up until a couple of years ago and now it seems like they're all over the place. I have a vining one called Creeping Charlie that is a real pain in the butt, and there are some that I don't know what they are except annoying and prolific. Now I also have a vicious vine (some kind of variegated vinca) creeping into our yard from two neighbors away from me. I think she planted it along the edge of her woods, and it crept all the way through that woods and into the woods behind my next door neighbor and now it's starting in our yard. It's just all over the place in the woods and when you look over that way, there's nothing growing but that and the trees. So I'll have to start spraying that and hope that it doesn't take over our yard. I really wish that people would educate themselves before deciding to plant things.
In the gardens, I had thought that if I put down carpet in the paths to keep the weeds down (I know, it's not very aesthetically pleasing, but I have to be practical), that would take care of a lot of the weeds, but now ground has washed onto most of the pieces of carpet and the weeds have managed to even grow on that too. :/ I just don't know how to keep up anymore and feel very discouraged. I can only do so much by myself, and with my body not cooperating, it's very difficult. I sit down to do all of my gardening because of my degenerating discs, so that slows me down too. I think I'll finally have to listen to my family (everyone has been telling me that I "bit off more than I can chew") and plant grass and make less garden even though it spites me because making it is what caused my problems. You know, I feel like the digging was for nothing. If I had only known what was going to happen. Sorry for the rant but I don't think I've ever felt so frustrated in my life. Thanks for reading.