Doesn’t the word make you want to pull your hair out? Gardening is supposed to be relaxing and fun, but when those pesky weeds start popping up I just want to scream!

I mentioned in a previous post how big ours got last year, I cannot let that happen again. They became so big they were completely unmanageable and scary you had to watch where you stepped otherwise they might eat you!

Seriously it could happen.

So now you know one of my many weaknesses, pulling weeds. I know this is something no one likes to do. So what do you do to prevent them?

Look how smart we are, we are watering our weeds! 🙂

In the spring (now), we mulch pretty heavily around our plants but it can be difficult to keep up, especially with the size of our garden. I have a friend who mentioned she uses Preen and is trying a raised garden and another who uses black plastic on her garden. Have you tried any of these options and has anything worked?

Dang weeds are already growing in our garden. Now that I think about it I should have pulled it after I took the photo…opps.

ICK….SCARY!!!! This one needs a shovel taken to it….I have some work to do!

While I am on this rant, I was going to talk about our attempt to save our Apricot trees. I say attempt because we did indeed fail.

A little background on our trees, we bought our house from my boss. They lived there for 7 years and never saw one piece of fruit. The first summer we lived there both trees were just busting at the seams with fruit. We were still settling into our house and didn’t have time to can or dehydrate them, so sadly a majority went to waste.

For the next year we were prepared, only to be disappointed, not one single piece of fruit grew. This year we wanted to try to prevent the late frost from killing the fruit. So we went out and bought a huge tarp and put it over our tree.

This was an interesting process! If only you could have been there you would have died of laughter.

The apricot tree under the tarp.

Along with the tarp we also attempted to leave the sprinkler going on the trees throughout the night. We  heard that  ice forming on the leaves would protect them from the frost.

We went through all this work to one day find all the fruit that was once there is no longer. We are pretty sure there was a frost one night, that just snuck up on us.

We are very sad, but I guess we will try again next year. And maybe there is a small chance we could still get some fruit! We will see.

Lastly, I had a reader ask what we use for “poles” for our peas. Below is a picture of what my husband made; using 2X4’s and old wire. It was hard to get a picture of it without it being set up. Once we have that actually in the ground I will take another one!

Happy Gardening!

Jennie Nollette

I am an Omaha native now living in the beautiful town of Valentine, Nebraska. If you haven’t visited you must! It is a gorgeous town that boosts its natural beauty. I am also a wife and mother of two beautiful little girls, living the daily struggle of balancing all life has to offer. My greatest joy is getting to spend time with my family, whether it's cooking, dancing or traveling, we do our best to take it all in and enjoy every moment.