Mad? Your darned right!!!

Have you ever been so mad at yourself you could spit nails hard enough to build a fence??  Well, I might exaggerate a little but I was so mad at myself.

Ten years ago we moved onto the farm we live on now after my husband inherited it from his uncle.  The farm has been in the family at least five generations and our children will be the sixth.  It’s beautiful and has 500+ acres of farm and woodland.  We raise beef cattle, chickens, and pretty much all the food we eat.  It’s beautiful and and I wanted the yard around the house to look just as beautiful .  For eight years I added every perennial I could find along with the lilies, lilacs and roses already here.  It was becoming my masterpiece and I couldn’t take enough pictures for my garden album.  I had several colors of columbine, hostas, lupine, shasta daisies, roses, bellflowers, cleome, hibiscus, peonies and much, much more and I’m not exaggerating about how beautiful it was.  Last spring I was having a problem with dandelions and had a few patches where the grass wasn’t surviving over the winter so I went shopping at my favorite big garden shop and checked out what they had.  I won’t name the product I bought but it killed weeds and fed the lawn (wink).  I bought two big bottles of it and all you had to do was sprinkle it on the part that needing weeding and the part that need feeding and I went at it.  It worked wonders on the dandelions and broadleaf weeds.  The grass was beautiful!!  Oh, did I mention, I decided it had to be wonderful flowers since they weren’t WEEDS???  I was devastated because within two days all of my flowers  except the old-fashioned roses and the lilac were dead.  No, I didn’t get a new fence from the nails I was spitting and yes, I’ve started all over with the help of some very special friends that saw the results of my stupidity.  REMEMBER, most flowers are considered broadleaf and that weeding/feeding stuff in a bottle will kill them dead!!  Happy gardening!!

Here a picture of my sad flowers!!  Hopefully I’ll have much prettier flower gardens to show off by mid summer!

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

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