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I have often said that gardening is much like going to church for me. The exhilaration and feeling of joy I have when I am outside is just euphoric. Here are the things I like:

  • the smell of dirt
  • having my four dogs with me
  • finding rocks to place artistically around my beds
  • watering (don’t know why)
  • planting
  • seeing what comes back up from last year
  • picking annuals to plant
  • adding perennials
  • cleaning beds
  • mowing the grass
  • weeding
  • pinching pants back (is this a Southern-only phrase?)
  • mulching
  • staking

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Well, you get the picture. But my favorite of all is redressing my ironing board scarecrow lady. I’m going to wait until my grandkids get here on Sunday to deck her out because I think they may want to help. Who knows, she might become a he this year. Pictures will follow upon completion of the scarecrow’s incarnation.

This year in our edible garden we are planting tomatoes (of course), beans, squash, okra (okrey in Southern), gourds (not edible, of course), and blueberries. Waiting for the kids for planting, as well.

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How about you? Do you have special feelings about being outside? Do you love planting? Are you going to have a garden this year?

Author: gebbysmith

I am a retired school teacher, school administrator, designer, retail business- owner, writer, fisherman, gardener, music-lover, dance-lover, theater-lover who lives in Mississippi. My husband, four doggies, and I live on a small farm and have fun every day making things and working on our house..

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  1. Love this!! Being outside is my happy place. How can anyone not enjoy nature/outdoors? Glad to know I’m not the only one who loves the smell of dirt. Also fresh cut grass. No veggie garden, flowers yes..also thinking about a herb garden in beautiful planters. Grands were down last year, miss them every minute. Can’t wait to see what little creative minds will do for the new iron board “person”..:-)


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