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Yardwork beckons… Yay!

By Penny Stine

Do you see this planting bed?

  

Yes, it's full of leaves from the neighbors' trees that I never raked last fall because I decided they'd make a lovely mulch. It also has dead broccoli stalks that not even the visiting deer would touch this past winter. And it has tulips, daffodils and onions sprouting all over the place. I've been eyeing the weather forecast and keeping my schedule clear so I can spend all day working in my yard and garden on Saturday. I'm more excited than a collie with a frisbee.

I'm going to toss my compost with my favorite pitchfork! I may even go haul a truckload of compost from the landfill. I'm going to rake, pull weeds and dead broccoli stalks, clear pathways and spend the entire day sweating, getting dirtier by the hour and relishing the chance to be outside, playing in the dirt. I'm even going to let my little broccoli seedlings, which I've been tenderly nurturing in the house, sit outside in the shade for a few hours in the afternoon. 

Am I sick and twisted or are there other people out there like me who can hardly wait to head outside with a garden trowel?

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