Dreaming of Dirt

Jan 28, 2010 | Gardening | 13 comments


Dirt in my shoes, gritting under my feet on the kitchen floor after a morning of weeding…even temporarily staining the toes of my white socks as I yank off my wellies.
I can’t wait and while it has since snowed, the other day it rained and I sat by the window to soak in that wormy, earthy, springtime smell.

I long for my garden.

Funny too, cause it’s really a mess. There are trees growing that shouldn’t be there, shading would be gorgeous tomatoes and sheltering hatching mosquitos…there is landscape material poking out from a budget layer of pea gravel and leeks rotting from a pregnancy full of leaning over la toilette.
But, this year hubby has a new job and this year I have my babe in arms instead of in belly and I simply can not wait. I vow not to make the same mistakes this year…I vow to yank out all the junk that doesn’t move my soul, I vow to plant more lavender than one can imagine would fit on a town lot, I vow to figure out how to stave off mildew on my zucchini and how to harvest more than 5 strawberries…
This year, I may be able to build my pergola that would support my gigantic non-blooming wisteria…maybe this year I will get that monster to bloom and this year, I will move my apple trees that are growing too big for the garden…in fact, I think I will use the “land that I care for but is not mine” IE: the city parkway that I have to mow – let them house my apple trees that I want but don’t have room for…HA!

This year I will TRY to be satisfied with what I have, I will try not to curse every time I see my neighbor walk by in his black socks to dump his plastics in the recycle bin that resides behind his garage…RIGHT next to my potager…on second thought, maybe this is the year of my privacy fence too…

I can’t wait.
Roses, herbs and fresh veggies.
There are few joys such as these.


  1. Lylah Ledner

    You go girl! I’m with you on all this! Love your pics too!

  2. Terresa

    Strawberries and lavender…mmm, I can smell them now. All the ingredients for a lovely happy place. Gardening is food for the soul.

  3. Selina

    You have a beautiful garden!! I totally understand, there’s something about gardening that is so relaxing and satisfying, especially when you get to eat stuff from it. I am starting to pull out all my dying summer plants and getting ready for a big winter planting in march (not that we get much winter – there’s certainly no snow or frosts, just a couple of days when we put on a fleecy jumper).
    All the best,

  4. Tina Leigh

    Rain is coming again today and we DONT need any. We have so much to do here. We need to PRUNE everything here!

  5. Pam

    My garden is a mess from last year, too. I vow that it will be different this year. We are still new at gardening and finding our way with it. Jerry Baker has some books and a website with great information on gardening. He gives a formula for powdery mildew that attacks squash, zucchini, etc. I think it uses Murphey’s Oil Soap as one of the ingredients, but I can’t recall off hand. It might be worth checking out for you. We had that year before last and bought Neem Oil (organic), which seemed to work well – but it’s expensive. I’ll give Jerry’s formula a try the next time that’s an issue.

  6. Julee Ann

    So good to see Baby J even if it was over iChat. If we get some kind of weather break in Feb I’m gonna try to get up there.

    Hoping to quadruple the vegetable garden here!

    Ahhhhhh. Gotta love that Dierks Bentley.

  7. Lisa @ Another Day Today

    I would love for you to share your plans for the potager. I’d like to have one of my own this year and need all the advice I can find.

  8. Anne Marie

    beautiful! and I can’t wait for an inner tour of the garden…..

  9. Chelsa Bea

    I was just thinking yesterday how I can’t wait for my bulbs to start coming up. Then I got really excited thinking about my tomatos, sweet peas and basil. How I long for my garden. Warm weather come, soon!

  10. Amy

    oh yes:) dreaming of spring here too…it has been so cold. pretty life you have here in your garden.!

  11. Lorilee

    I feel the same way. I am ready for warmer weather, longer days and time in my garden!

  12. Molly @ Star Cottage

    I am hoping to do a lot more of what I love this year, as well. & I couldn’t agree more about the Lavender. I’ve got lavender galore and it’s still not enough.
    I like your idea about the apple trees on the parkway. I hope it works out. 😉
    Your potager is absolutely lovely by the way;)


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