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Beating the weeding blues

By Staff | Jun 21, 2013

I have written with great excitement in the previous episodes of this column about my brand, spanking new garden, my first attempt at growing anything other than long hair.

But I was slapped in the face with a dose of reality during a recent trip to the garden this week.

So far, the process has been pretty easy.

My plot was already tilled so for the most part I just dug a few holes, a few rows and got some seeds and plants in the ground.

I’ve taken one turn behind the tiller to till between rows and around plants in the garden.

We’ve had enough rain that I haven’t even done any watering, although I suspect my gardening partner Janice Knutson has helped out with some of that.

Sounds easy enough, right?

But this week I noticed that some of the weeds in my garden are growing nearly as fast as the produce.

I guess I knew this day would come, but as a rookie gardener, I had hoped that I’d somehow produce this magical garden, where green beans and lettuce greens were bountiful, while the weeds stayed away.

Not so much, so I’m planning a big day of weeding and installing some racks for my tomato plants on Sunday.

Despite the weeds, the garden looks fantastic. My row of lettuces looks like they might be ready to eat by the end of the month and the rest of the plants are sprouting up with the beans looking like they might be the first to kick out some goodness.

Even my two pots of herbs are kicking into gear, as I noticed some rosemary and basil along with what is either Italian parsley or cilantro sprouting up from the dirt.

So once I get some of these weeds out of the ground, I think it’ll be clear sailing for the next couple of weeks.

I’m excited for next week, when the culmination of many long hours of “Les Miserables” practice is exposed to actual paying audiences.

I think the show is going to be outstanding and I’ve gone from being the runt of the litter to pretty much knowing my lines and where I’m supposed to be.

But I’m ready to get on with the shows and move on to some other summer activities. It’s been tough being indoors during many of the beautiful nights we’ve had recently. I can say that my golf game has undoubtedly suffered.

I’d also like to do some more biking and walking, and I haven’t had the chance to take in an entire Twins game with the beverage of my choice for quite some time.

Once the garden starts kicking out some produce, I anticipate being behind the grill for many an evening with a ballgame on the radio.

There’s plenty to look forward to in the area as well.

The Pierce County Fair is just a couple short weeks away and I’m assuming that between work duties and personal entertainment I will be out at the fairgrounds quite a bit.

I also made my first trip to “Music in the Park” on Wednesday, although briefly and before the music actually started.

There should be a lot to see and do in Rugby in the coming months.

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