Sharing a patch of dirt...not fun sometimes. {Gardening Chronicles 2014

We have lived here 10 years now...Some good years...some not so good and a whole bunch in between. Here is what I know for sure. Sharing dirt with neighbor Mr. Chemical is quite frustrating sometimes.  See I love him .  He is this "long in the tooth" fellow who also has a love of working in his yard.  You know I love this!  However...Mr. Chemical apparently owns stock in Monsanto's Roundup. This fella doesn't just get out the little magic spray bottle of it....oh no....he gets out his watering can (oh yes a big old watering can) and POURS it along the fence line. Right. beside. my. organic. garden.  Could care less about what I am trying to grow for our family to EAT. We have had "the conversation" a million times but lets face it....the old cats just don't get "organic". "You mean you don't pour Seven dust on everything?  That there is CRAZY!" Yep...I am the nutter. This is the thing many don't think about when they use weed killer freely.  You are making your weeds worse.  Yep...you are. Don't believe me? From my many years of observing this is what I know for sure...he pours it on...it kills the weeds...for a month.  He leaves them instead of pulling them and they just reseed and grow again.  Weeds ALWAYS win against weed killer.  They really do. In the Fall you will find me in my yard hand pulling the ground ivy and other weeds.  HAND PULLING.  It won't kill you... I promise. Can we talk about how absolutely awful weed killer looks?

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Heart breaking actually...see that corner...that WAS my medicinal Yarrow, Wild Dagga, a Crepe Myrtle, Mugwort, honeysuckle and Bee balm. I shall use NOTHING from this spot...for the obvious reasons. So pretty isn't it?  Looking good!  NOT :-/ How does anyone think this makes their lawn better?

I have offered to hand weed this side for years and he simply will not allow it. So what does a gal do to keep the peace with an elderly neighbor she actually does like?  This is the only side of my yard I can garden on that gets full sun. I have planted a complete row of nothing but tall plants and even trees that will hopefully "catch" some of his poison before it goes to my veggies.  I try to plant nothing I will eat close to this fence line.  Only flowers (which I have guilt over for fear bees will die from the flowers).  These plants are my "canary in the cage" for knowing when he has been pouring chemicals.  Not that there is a thing in the world I can do about it :-(

UGH! I think the old saying "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence..." is totally not true in this case.  I seriously wouldn't touch a foot on those chemicals.

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Back to the whole "chemicals aren't growing a healthier lawn..." In our neighborhood we HAVE no choice but to have a nicely kept front yard.  We use an organic lawn service.  Granted the pretreatment each year is a chemical based weed killer and I HATE that.  But it is once a year and now that we have been using only organic fertilizers for a few years... Well you can see the big difference between the two methods.  The picture speaks volumes.

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He has three times the amount of weeds we do and I am NOT exaggerating when I say he is pouring chemicals on it all the time :-( I am sharing this with you in hopes that maybe...just maybe some of you will be sure to pay attention to what your neighbor is trying to do. You may not enjoy gardening for food and prefer to "farm grass"...but try and be kind and remember that spraying chemicals all over your neighbors organic garden may not be the best way to keep good relations. Like I said I would gladly do his weeding along the fence...as is I won't touch that chemical mess. Did I mention he thinks flowers are tacky?  Oh how he must hate me ;-)

Dear Lord...please get me out of this HOA neighborhood before I die. The good news? I will be having a "big garden" again this year out at my inlaws house!  God Bless them...at least there I can control what goes on my food in that garden!