Conservation Notes: Get Those Hands Dirty!

07/09/2009 04:18

Corn and soybean planting is completed. Now that crops are in the ground, it is time for me to start my planting. My mom and I ventured to the local nursery this past weekend. I was so excited when she suggested we go. Like a little kid in a candy store, I could hardly concentrate where to begin when we arrived. Knowing that I wanted to use some of my grandmother’s clay flower pots, I went straight to the annuals and picked out some flowers in my favorite colors…yellow and purple. I managed to add to a couple irises to my collection as well. My rule is to only buy what I can plant in a day. I will become a regular at the nursery, as I will be making a couple more trips back this season.

There is nothing like getting my hands dirty in the rich and fertile soil. There is a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction from planting, and I enjoy nurturing plants. My pride and joy is my iris bed by my house and the hosta garden along the north side of the machine shed. It is visually appealing to have a well landscaped home and often attracts wildlife. I also find that landscaping draws from my creative side. Part of an old wooden manger from a barn serves as a back drop for some of my landscaping. Since I moved to my home on the family farm, I have planted numerous trees, shrubs and plants. The beauty of it all is that I get to see their growth over the years.

-Monica Stevens, Resource Conservationist