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You Know You Haven’t Gardened in a While… September 13, 2009

Filed under: bugs,flora — greenwalks @ 7:22 pm
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… when you put on your gloves for the first time in ages, feel little tickling on the back of your hand, ignore it for a bit, feel it again, peel off your glove and…

A LIVE, WRIGGLING EARWIG FALLS OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Then you attempt to contain your instinctive shrieks and curse words since you know the neighbors are out on their patio, and instead you do the most insanely uncontrollable flapping, hopping full-body shudder dance you have ever done in your life. The favorite gloves will now be consigned to occasional use, as they are now suspect and will always be The Earwig Gloves.

No, I did not take a picture, but I did find another earwig while cleaning off the porch today so I can continue my long and tedious deck-painting project. I would much rather be gardening than painting or all of the other long put-off things on the house to-do list. But first, I will need new gloves. Ew, is there anything more skin-crawling than an earwig? Wait, maybe don’t answer that, I’m sure there is. At least it didn’t pinch me!

I hope to be back to slightly more regular blogging now that summer is over and I’m no longer on all-day mom duty. We had a lot of fun and even saw a few nifty gardens during the school vacation, but the time for gardening, blogging and blog-reading (and commenting) was pretty much nil. I look forward to catching up on what you’all have been up to and seeing how your gardens grew during the season.

Much nicer than a bug photo, I hope – some cute stripy small Dahlias my mom grew this summer.

Stripy dahlia

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New Gloves October 28, 2008

Filed under: my garden — greenwalks @ 11:25 am
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Sometimes it’s the small things in life that can make me happier. At the hardware store the other day, I picked up a new pair of Atlas gloves to help me get my bulbs in the ground (not sure why I need extra motivation there, but every year I put it off way too long). I usually use their blue and white fairly heavy grade gloves, but have to take them off for doing any fine work like seed planting or even seedling handling. These ones, the “Nitrile Touch” model, come in an array of fab colors and are super thin and supple. I chose a kind of pale sage green, but later wondered if I should have picked something brighter (orange? pink??) and less easily lost if put down in the garden.

New gloves

That was my sole “tool” purchase for the gardening year, pretty cheap. Does that mean I get to spend more on plants?

Do you have a favorite pair of gardening gloves that you must use every time, or do you just put on whatever has the least crusty caked mud?