I realized a few days ago that this week I would probably post the 500th post on this blog. Five-Oh-Oh.
And this is it.
I started this blog in 2004 and left six posts from that year. There were a few earlier posts that I thought were pretty lame, so I deleted them. Then in 2005, I posted only twice. In 2006, I started posting again on January 11th, and as they say “didn’t look back”. In the process of blogging I also started a couple of other blogs.
There’s the Hoe Collection blog where I put the hoe pictures and hoe collection, along with some other mostly picture entries from last summer. I don’t update it any more, unless I get a new hoe.
There’s also the Garden Bloggers’ Book Club blog which I started before Blogger added the feature of tags. I thought the separate blog would make it easier to find posts about the book club that I put on May Dreams Gardens. Now tags would serve the same purpose, but it would seem “incomplete” to me to disband the GBBC blog.
Not related to gardening, some of you may have discovered the blog with the posts of my Grandma’s diaries from the 1920’s and the companion picture blog. On that blog I posted the 500th entry yesterday. I only have diaries through 1927, so that blog will have a natural end in another year and a half.
But the May Dreams Gardens blog? I’m not sure where it will go from here or how it will end or if it will end someday. I just keep posting as things happen in the garden or thoughts occur to me about gardening in general.
I’m often asked how long it takes me to write up a post so I’ve been timing it recently and the average is 30 minutes. That’s 30 minutes that I didn’t just veg out and watch TV!
In honor of this 500th blog entry, I’ve come up with five questions to answer about my gardening. If you would like to answer these same questions on your blog, too, please do so!
What are you most proud of about your garden?
I am most proud of the fact that other than the fence and the lawn, I have installed or planted everything in my garden. However, pride goeth before a fall, they say, so at some point, to take my garden further, I’m going to probably have to hire some help.
When you go to sleep at night, what are you worried about in your garden?
I’m worried we won’t get any rain this summer! And that the rabbits will once again eat all of my green beans. See below for a picture of the garden and that darn rabbit who won’t leave! He acts as though this is his home and garden!
When others come and see your garden, what do you think they remember most about it?
I think they remember the raised bed vegetable garden. I am an evangelist for raised bed vegetable gardens (see below). It makes it so easy to start planting in the spring and to keep up with weeding throughout the season. And if I show them, they remember all the hoes hanging up in the garage.
What is your favorite gardening tool, the one you would recommend every gardener get?
You all think I am going to list one of my hoes, don’t you? But I can’t really choose a favorite hoe, they are all my favorite! So, I’ll say the tool I think every gardener needs is Felco pruners. And maybe a really good trowel. And a Cape Cod Weeder. And of course, a good hoe.
If you woke up this morning with all the time and money in the world to spend in your garden, what would you do first?
I’d finally plant a nice shrub border along the east side of the back yard by the privacy fence, and also add a nice pond and a garden shed (forget those neighborhood covenants), and then install some nice walking paths to lead you from garden bed to garden bed. That’s what I would do!
How about you, how would you answer these questions?
This rabbit is my enemy. The one above at the top of this post is my new statue for my new miniature garden. This one here was caught, again, in the vegetable garden
This is the garden today, the first day of summer. It’s overcast, maybe it will rain!