Sunday, June 27, 2010

Lazy Man Gardening

I have been trying to catch up on the gardening that I haven't had time to do yet this spring.  Normally, it's so dry here that weeding isn't such a big problem but this year we've had rain 4 out of 7 days so everything needs weeding.

I'm enjoying the rain and cooler weather as I come from a similar climate and this actually feels normal.   I find constantly thirsty plants stressful, it's like you can feel the tension or something.

It's hard to know where to start with an out of control yard but some of it has been good.  This California Poppy takes over whenever I let it and it's so beautiful that sometimes I just let it go.  Here it is trying to claim my driveway, even with nothing but gravel and no water this is the result

                                                                                                                                                                And it does look good with the lavender.                                              
Of course, anytime I go out to work all the birds stop feeding and fly up to the lines and bushes where they sit waiting and making me feel guilty so that's my other excuse for not getting the yard work done.  I don't want to stop them from eating in the morning when they're most hungry, or the evening when they need to fuel up before bed and then during the daytime when they are gone, it's too hot.

But the real reason I did this entry was to talk about lazy man gardening.   In trying to keep up with the overwhelming amount of stray weeds trying to claim the driveway and walkway we began using vinegar.
It's not as harmful to the birds and animals as the usual weed killer and it works very well as you hopefully can see from this photo of weeds which I sprayed with vinegar two days ago.

If you have any other methods, I'd love to hear about them.


  1. I'm amazed how similar your garden is to mine, Carole! I have self-seeded Californian Poppies dotted all over my gravel and yes, some of mine are next to the lavender too! I'm going to try the vinegar as soon as I get time - I don't mind the poppies but there are some violet-type plants with very strong roots that I'd like to get rid of. The only other thing I know of is that salt is supposed to get rid of dandelions but it didn't really work for me.

  2. Oh...I do relate. I don't have the pretty Poppies but I do have the Sweet Violets that (I think) Judy has. They are trying to take over my flower beds and lawn.

    Like you I don't use chemicals for the same reasons. Vinegar is good for weed control but plain old boiling water is better and cheaper.

    Hey...I feel guilty working outside with the birds waiting for me to leave.:)

  3. Like the vinegar idea, I have 5 animals that seem to like to eat the grass and other greens that I would never use a chemical. I hope they wouldn't like it better and want some olive oil on it. HA!I am tired of rain but fear feast and famine with this season.i barely got through my garden and more rain everyday.Headed out for a few days in my summer home, my tent , so can use a bit of dry.Thank you for the lovely comments on my blog!I really enjoy what you have to share.


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