Hello, from SW Michigan

Sparrow

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Hello Fellow Easy Gardeners! I recognize a few names on here from sister sites. My name from two sister sites is JanetMarie. I decided to be know as Sparrow on here, because of their happy songs. I also love the happy songs of Goldfinches, and love all birds in general (except Cowbirds, and others like them).

I grow vegetables of all kinds, and don't consider easy gardening to be accomplished by using herbicides! I grow organically, and do the hard work of pulling weeds. When it gets too hot in the summer to weed during the day, and too mosquitoey at night, the weeds rise up and try to take control, but regardless still have success!

Sometimes, but seldomly for sake of sanity, I use deet. Rosemany EO diluted with a carrier oil helps too, and that's what I normally use, if I don't mind being oily. But better than being all bit up!

Also, have chickens, muscovy ducks, and two Walker line Cotton Patch geese. Currently my goose is brooding a nest of muscovy eggs.
 

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Welcome to the forum from Louisiana, glad you found us.

I think there is a pattern for large gardens planted in rows in the ground, the kind many grandparents had. For a short time in the spring when most of it is freshly planted it looks really good. Very few if any weeds. Then a couple of weeks later it all heads downhill. It stays to wet to work in there or you have other things to do so you get behind. You don't catch up until the next spring.
 

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@Ridgerunner you just described my garden. Galloping weeds, over my head by fall. A whole flock of sheep can get lost in it. We do manage to keep the majority of the garden covered with cardboard and mulch, it helps.
@Sparrow welcome to TEG, I consider gardening a success if you part the weeds and pick something to eat. :lol:
 

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Hello Fellow Easy Gardeners! I recognize a few names on here from sister sites. My name from two sister sites is JanetMarie. I decided to be know as Sparrow on here, because of their happy songs. I also love the happy songs of Goldfinches, and love all birds in general (except Cowbirds, and others like them).

I grow vegetables of all kinds, and don't consider easy gardening to be accomplished by using herbicides! I grow organically, and do the hard work of pulling weeds. When it gets too hot in the summer to weed during the day, and too mosquitoey at night, the weeds rise up and try to take control, but regardless still have success!

Sometimes, but seldomly for sake of sanity, I use deet. Rosemany EO diluted with a carrier oil helps too, and that's what I normally use, if I don't mind being oily. But better than being all bit up!

Also, have chickens, muscovy ducks, and two Walker line Cotton Patch geese. Currently my goose is brooding a nest of muscovy eggs.

welcome to TEG from mid-Michigan. :)

if the weather cooperates i'd rather be outside than inside. the mosquitoes here are not too bad after the sun has been up for a little bit and again in the later afternoon before they come out again. those are my two prime gardening times here when the weather gets hot. mid day is siesta time.

worms like weeds. i have a stirrup hoe and i use it often. that helps a lot in keeping the gardens under more control. it won't do close up work with garden veggie plants but i can do most of the rows and then go back for the closer work with a knife or trowel.
 

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@Ridgerunner you just described my garden. Galloping weeds, over my head by fall. A whole flock of sheep can get lost in it. We do manage to keep the majority of the garden covered with cardboard and mulch, it helps.
@Sparrow welcome to TEG, I consider gardening a success if you part the weeds and pick something to eat. :lol:
Lambsquarter! I allow some to grow and snack on it.
 

Sparrow

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welcome to TEG from mid-Michigan. :)

if the weather cooperates i'd rather be outside than inside. the mosquitoes here are not too bad after the sun has been up for a little bit and again in the later afternoon before they come out again. those are my two prime gardening times here when the weather gets hot. mid day is siesta time.

worms like weeds. i have a stirrup hoe and i use it often. that helps a lot in keeping the gardens under more control. it won't do close up work with garden veggie plants but i can do most of the rows and then go back for the closer work with a knife or trowel.
Thanks! I started to change my gardening to morning and evening also, and afternoon is everything else. I remember not too long ago, being able to be outside in 90 degree weather full sun all day!
 

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Thanks! I started to change my gardening to morning and evening also, and afternoon is everything else. I remember not too long ago, being able to be outside in 90 degree weather full sun all day!

for me it is acclimation to the heat and humidity but also how much extra weight i'm carrying. last year i dropped 10 extra pounds and that really helped how much tolerance i had for heat. this year i hope i can drop another 10.

i can't acclimate as much here as i used to do because Mom must have the AC running or she has trouble breathing. when i have a place of my own i use a small fan instead and that was all i needed most of the time, take a cool shower if it got really too hot out that i couldn't bear it. i tend to have sinus problems if i go in and out of AC so once i am done for the morning on a hot day i won't go back outside right away but wait until later.
 

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Thanks @Sparrow for putting in your location!!! :weee:weee:weee
Lately, we have had many new members and they Don't put their location with their avatar. Then, every few posts they tell you where they live, like it's a big secret.
(I actually think it's a "Karen" thing. I don't have enough M&M's to give away for this.)

Honestly, I can't give anybody with any kind of advice OR links to expert advice, when I do not know where they live. I don't have the time to look them up.
Thanks for getting onboard with the program, and welcome!
We are a friendly bunch, even though I may be the only bxtxh here!
 
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