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Re: Gosh I miss you guys

I agree with Bonnie. Don't try to do it all, though. Concentrate on a area you see every day, clean it up & mulch it. then, move on to another. If you don't get it all done, you will at least have one area that gives you some pleasure. I have been in a mess most of the past 3 years here, and this has worked well for me. I just kept up with the areas by entry ways, and a little here & there in the others. This year, Ed spent most of the spring & summer doing deep cleaning on the other beds and it finally all looks good. ( Except the one I didn't get mulched!)
Congratulations on your graduation. A wonderful accomplishment.
It's nice to have some time with the kids. I drove my son to school his freshman year. Found out a lot about his thinking and his dreams.
Judy B
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, September 01, 2006 5:42 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Gosh I miss you guys

Melody, we miss you too, but I understand your needs and priorities. You
cannot do it ALL.

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! What an accomplishment with
all you already have on your plate!!! And yes, we all need one-on=one time
with our kids. My youngest is 30 and I still want some time alone with each
girl every now and then and so does DH. Of course, at their ages, it's much
harder to get that time with Rayna working full time and going to school
full time and Tzeitel working full time and taking care of 4 children and a

As for your garden question, last year with trying to get mother situated in
the nursing home, I wanted to get the butterfly garden (which was already a
weedy mess) cleaned out. It didn't happen because of many circumstances.
This spring the whole bed was totally out of control. There is no way to
really rescue it now other than dig it out, salvage what I can and start
over, I'm afraid. If you can get the weeds out this fall, lay brown paper
grocery bags over the soil (leaving holes where plants are growing of
course) and cover it with a layer of mulch, you won't have that much work
next spring. It worked with another garden area that I was able to get to
last fall. It has been relatively easy to manage this year while the
butterfly garden is just depressing. Even the butterflies seem to like the
North side driveway border garden better.

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Melody
Sent: Friday, September 01, 2006 7:03 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] Gosh I miss you guys

Dang but I wish I had more time...to spend here with you guys. I really miss
all of you and your advice, your support, your friendships. Can't believe
how fast my time is going by. Next week I graduate from my first
2 years in the lay ministry program and the following week I start the next
portion of training...the Parish Life Administrator certification.
My kids started back to school two weeks ago. Meghan is now in high school,
9th grade. Mark is in junior high, 7th grade. And Morgan is now in 5th
grade...since Mark and Meg ride the school bus now to and from school,
Morgan gets to have Dad to herself for an hour in the mornings and Mom to
herself for an hour in the afternoons...something she hasn't had since
before she started kindergarten! She is over the moon! So am I to tell the
truth...I like having some time with at least one of my kids alone...

okay, so I do really have a question for you all...my gardens are such a
mess...weeds everywhere and totally overgrown...do I just give up and let it
finish out it's year without trying to straighten it around or do I try and
eek out some time to do some serious serious work...we're talking several
days of it...what are the risks vs. benefits of doing one over the other?
Help!!! It's gotten to the point that even just walking through the gardens
brings me little enjoyment because I just haven't been able to take care of
them this year like I should have...it's pathetic...

Hills, IA zone 5

Work for the Lord: the pay isn't much but the retirement is out of this

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