Gardening with a Finger Cast

It’s been two months since my rose thorn injury.  It was time to get back into the garden.  Here was my innovative idea for how to garden with my cast; lop off the finger of the glove and cover the cast in painters tape.  Works brilliantly.
It takes no time at all for the weeds to take over and mother nature to reign natural chaos over the garden.  For the first time in the past twelve years, I’m finding I need to remove plant material – lots of it.  This is difficult for me.  I love all my plants and I pack them in tightly.  But it’s time for some redesign and also show some restraint.  Here’s my list of plants I’m nixing this summer…
Yarrow and Joe Pye weed.  These are self seeding all over the place. Culling out all the noobs.
Creeping buttercup.  This is one plant I wish I had never met.  Not easy to eliminate.
Giant Blue Lobelia. Another major seeder in my garden.  Very pretty but showing up in the worst places.
Russian sage – not a good fit along a narrow path.  Didn’t think that through.
One of the best things I accomplished yesterday with my student gardeners was the creation of my backyard teaching space.  I now have a fabulous teak table and chairs for five students for my fall garden classes.
My raised planter and pots are organized near the back deck.  I’ll use the raised bed for tutorials and potting.  The pots will be used for specimens.
Here’s a few more pics from the back studio on the bluestone patio.
To reclaiming control in the garden…

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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