Letting Go…..Of the Garden

Every October, I bid farewell to my garden. To be honest, I am not sure why I am sorry to see it put away for the winter.

Every August and September I can oodles of tomatoes and preserve piles of pickles. I fight through nasty weeds whose names all end in “bur”. Every year at least one (and usually 3 or 4) brilliant new experiments fail.

But, when the weather forecast calls for frost, I swing into action like a doctor trying to save a patient…charge to 300…clear! A box of old sheets and blankets is brought out and draped over plants that I especially want to save. These plants are usually far more work than they are worth.

Help! Is there a 12-step program for gardeners?!?


About jheem

I grew up on a diversified dairy farm in southeast South Dakota where I learned how to throw a hay bale, pull a calf, deal with death, and "name" the cows. I was in 4H and FFA, and was privileged to serve as a state FFA officer. In college, I studied animal science, focusing on beef cows, mostly because I figured they were less work than dairy cows....I ended up with a Masters Degree in ruminant nutrition and went to work for the University of Nebraska, first as a research tech coordinating data collection for a swine unit and beef feedlot on a research farm and then as an extension educator. In my current job, I focus on environmental issues related to animal agriculture (which is a nice way of saying I talk about manure alot). My husband and I live and work on a seedstock cattle operation in northeast Nebraska. You can learn more about our cattle operation by visiting my husband's blog at http://aldersonangus.wordpress.com.
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