Tried & True Remedies for Garden Weeds and Pests


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Sheep in Utica field. Photo by: Mary Murray, Windy Meadows Farm

Now that it’s July, the heat and humidity have reached our part of the Midwest, and it’s as if a drowsy spell has been suddenly cast over the farm.  We find that the days are somehow busy, yet lazy at the same time.

Each day begins early, trying our best to take advantage of any cool remaining from the night before and before the sun is fully up. Work continues until it is simply too hot to pull another weed, till another row, or shift another load of spent hay from the goat shed. This is when the drowsy of summer seems to settle in; the comforts of life on the farm: the rumble of distant thunder, the sweet scent of just-mowed grass, or the hum of a combine harvesting winter wheat.

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Combine and winter wheat. Photo by: Mary Murray, Windy Meadows Farm

Somehow the temptation to “just rest my eyes” is too great, and I find myself inside Maizy, our little 1963 camper, “resting” and listening to the sounds of summer. While there are always chores that need doing, I decide to work on them tomorrow. I promised a young friend I’d share some gardening lessons I’ve learned along the way, and jotting them down in the quiet of a cozy retro camper seems like a good idea.  

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