The downside of spring


As much as I am glad to see spring arrive, I am just that unexcited to start the yard work. Frankly, when we bought this place 12 years ago the property was completely overgrown and full of broken fencing, dead trees, etc etc. While our focus has been on the remodeling of the entire house and construction of a new deck and garage, we spent the better part of the early summers clearing up the property. New veggie gardens have gone in ( although I have decided that raised beds are really the only way we will ever defeat the evil weeds), and I have tried (and mostly failed) to plant and maintain some nice flower beds. Then came 2 babies and an extended period of minimal funds ( unemployment can really wreak havoc on your Landscaping budget). We stuck with the gardens throughout, as it became very important to me to grow some of our food- but making the gardens pretty was pretty much out of the question.
Which brings me to this spring- and the view out the window.. It’s certainly not as bad as when we first started, but I see a long summer ahead of us to get the property back into shape. At least this year I can get the kids more involved in some of the projects, and my “insane” idea of borrowing some goats to start clearing the back areas is sounding slightly less crazy to my husband, i think. I found him checking out pricing on goat fencing last weekend.
As if this weren’t difficult enough to do, I really do want to stay AWAY from using chemicals on the gardens and yard, so I welcome any tried and true recommendations on how to naturally prevent insects, weeds , and moles!

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