It’s growing!

No, not my hair — the grass seed I planted on the front lawn! Well, on half of the front lawn, the sloping section to the right, to be exact.

I didn’t take a “before” picture, but this section of the property was a crazy, weedy mess. There were so many different kinds of plants and weeds growing in this area, they choked out any grass that was left. How do I know? I spent one recent Saturday pulling the weeds all out by hand. They were not your usual weeds, like crabgrass. Oh, no, we’re talking mini TREES. Big, stalky things.

After pulling out all of the offending plants, I was left with a messy expanse of soil, devoid of anything green. In fact, a neighbor remarked that the DIRT was an IMPROVEMENT over how it had looked with the tall weeds. That’s not good.

I had first used grass seed given to me by my father-in-law, but it was apparently dried out and didn’t germinate. So that just extended the process. I got some fresh seed at Lowe’s and tossed it out last Tuesday, taking the time to aerate the soil, put the seed down, rake the dirt over it, and water everything twice a day.

Finally, Saturday morning I was rewarded with little sections of 1-inch-tall grass sprouts, which seemed to come out of nowhere. I’m hoping the rest of the seed catches up and we soon have a nice, grassy lawn like the rest of the neighbors!

My other mini gardening project has been to propogate the impatiens plants I bought at a local nursery. I took a few 4-inch cuttings and placed them in water, and was rewarded with roots. Later this week, I will transfer the cuttings to a small flowerpot with soil and hope for the best. It’s my first time trying this out!

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