Saturday, June 18, 2011

The benefits of organic gardening

I've gotten a fair amount done this week -- I decided to plant strawberries as ground cover around the crazy tree, and I transplanted some beets over by the magnolia.

My daylilies bloomed! I wish I would have thought to take a picture, they are prettier than advertised. There are a few more buds showing so in the next few days I should be able to let you see them properly.

I woke up before the sun this morning and decided to get up and do some work outside before it got hot. Well, it was warm and humid already, and after a while I was sitting with some ice water and the sun just started peeking above the trees. I went in to see if my husband (who is an early riser too) wanted to sit out front and see the sun come up.

So we sat out there and along came a female duck, just walking along the lawn towards us, completely unafraid. Once in a while we'll see some Canadian geese in the street but I've never had a duck come by before like this. She poked around my cabbages and rosemary, more interested in eating bugs than anything else, and we just sat watching her.

Well, the sun came up and my husband went back inside, and the duck just hung around, waddling around the grass eating bugs while I pulled weeds and planted strawberries. She must have been there for an hour and then she was gone.

And I thought about the other day when my son saw tadpoles in the pond, and the butterflies and ladybugs and all the other wonderful creatures which visit and live in my garden, that otherwise wouldn't.

I wouldn't go back to chemical gardening for anything. :)

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