I would like to add that it is important to put those little special touches to your family gardens, to make it have a decorative sense that in the
end will make you proud and feel good about the space which is potentially the most important place on your property.
What am I talking about? Well for instance at the edge of our family garden we placed a big turquoise colored wrought iron heart and then made a
little simple garden in front of that with a plack that reads "Believe", also around the edge of the garden we planted garden flower seeds which
will help cut down on bugs and then become a healthy addition to my Bach flower assortment.
The children made a beautiful brick walkway in front of the pea poles. We took large wooden dowels and placed them in the ground and placed string
across those for the peas to grow up. It looks great and these 'special' touches gives everyone a favorite place in the garden which when life makes
you feel bad, you can go to as a reminder of the richness we are all blessed with.
Subsequently, I have been able to get the kids to pull those pesky weeds as we see them rise without any complaints and that is a biggie.
Speaking of weeds, the gardeners single biggest obstacle, especially when first attempting a garden... So learn to LOVE pulling them, and discovering
interesting ways to make those special touches to address that problem.
I placed some newspaper down wet it and then covered the area in old straw out of the chicken coop. It butts up next to the plants and seedlings,
helps to keep moisture in and weeds to a minimum. Looks fantastic and feels wonderful under foot.
This year I went a bit more and purchased some weed barrier for the family gardens and placed those down and then continued with the straw.
All in all it will be the focal point when friends drop by as there is a lazy hammock and a few other kind and thoughtful touches here and there which
makes it more a piece of art than a labor camp environment.
So add those special touches from things that add beauty and your own special touch to create a space you want to be in and others will be inspired
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Also we added a couple of Teepees, to grow the pole beans on and I love the look and feel of them, it is a reminder of our connectedness to nature and
the real founding Fathers and Mothers of this beautiful planet. We said prayers and gave gifts of tobacco and lavendar before we built them as well as
offering our prayers for the abundance of wellness in all things of higher energy. We love to use rock, and mulch too!
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