If you've got garden troubles, pull up a chair, grab a tall glass of iced tea and let me tell you all about my troubles and then you can tell me all about yours.
Misery loves company and a good gripe session.
First of all, I was doing some deadheading and weeding in Plopper's Field, my perennial border where I just plop plants in wherever there is a blank spot and hope for the best.
I pulled a weed out of the way of this phlox and jumped back like I'd seen a snake or something. Can you believe that much powdery mildew can live on one plant? That's the worst I've ever seen this early in the season.
But that ain't nothing.
I've got voles. Of course, by the time I noticed that I had voles in my garden, there were vole runs everywhere. In Plopper's Field. In The Garden of Southern Follies and Delights. In Bird's Blanket. Along the house by the Lilac Muddle. And that's just what I've found so far.
I did wonder why this one stand of wild ginger was all kaput and three feet away the wild ginger looks great. I guess the voles ate the roots of the one patch and haven't found the other one yet.
They are partying in my garden like it is 1999.
I've looked online for how to get rid of the voles and several sites suggest I get a cat. Well, I've seen the neighbor's cat in my garden plenty of times and I still have voles so I think I'm going to... trap to kill.
It's the only way.
I won't poison the voles because then if a hawk eats the poisoned vole, it will also be eating the poison and that won't be good.
One winter I accidentally killed a vole with my snowblower while clearing off the driveway, but I don't think I can use that method in the summertime.
So I'm adding to Saturday morning shopping list - vole traps to kill voles.
What other garden troubles have I got?
It has stopped raining. And the high temperatures are predicted to be in the 90's next week. Too hot, too soon and that will surely be the end of the lettuce crop. I'm going to have to start watering in The Vegetable Garden Cathedral.
And of course the weeds. The weeds are trouble. They got off to a great start with all the spring rains and haven't look back once to see if I'm chasing after them with a hoe. I guess that means I can sneak up on them and get 'em when they aren't looking, if I can run as fast as they are growing. I did whack back a bunch of bad weeds in the paths in The Vegetable Garden Cathedral. Now I just need to cover those paths, which is the plan for next week.
And on it goes.
But in spite of my garden troubles, and I've got a lot of them, I'll never give up on my garden or gardening. And neither should you.