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Whole House Detox: Building a Spring Garden

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What does a garden have to do with a Whole House Detox?  Good question.  Let me make something up….  Ah, yes, a garden is part of the yard and the yard needs to be spiffed up along with the house.  A garden is also a part of detoxing my diet so I don’t have to eat vegetables sprayed with chemicals.

After cleaning up the back porch I decided to work on paperwork so I can get my taxes prepared.   I was working away and then spring happened!  Our weather is unusually warm so it’s time to get the garden ready.  One of my lovely subscribers informed me that our city is giving away compost tomorrow so I quickly had to shift gears to get a raised bed up and ready to accept the new soil.  The first garden handiman fell through so I went to Home Depot, selected the lumber and other needed materials and drove home wondering….now what?

I called my regular handiman with my fingers crossed that he could help at the last minute.  He sent over a couple of guys that had the raised bed in place in about an hour.  How’s that for right timing?  Everything is coming together so well.

And tomorrow Nora (my yard helper) and I are going to drive the borrowed truck to pick up compost and mix it into the soil.  As you can see from the stones, bricks, and weeds, there will be some work to do to get everything in place.

Then because the yard is an important part of the detox project, we’ll weed and whack and wake up the yard after its winter slumber.  The paperwork will have to wait….but it can’t wait too long because I need to have everything to the tax woman by April 2.

It takes a village to take care of a home.  And thankfully I have that village in place.  Over the years I have developed great relationships with people who help me live in this wonderful little bungalow–a handiman, weeder, plumber, painter, and electrician.  People are the best!  I don’t know what I’d do without people.


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  1. suzanne holman says:

    Congrats on moving forward on the garden!
    Flexibility is important at times like this when you have the compost available and the weather is on your side.
    I’m sure you’ll do fine getting your tax info in on time.

    I did deliver my paperwork to my accountant on Friday and then started a massive project of scanning all the family slides and copying all videos in various formats – Video 8, Mini, and VHS to DVD. I have made huge progress and feel so good about this!
    I really want to get all of this family history safely recorded and distributed to my children and other family.
    Photographs come next after all the slides are completed. This project will take quite some time for completion, but with the momentum I’ve created, I am optimistic that it won’t take forever at least!!
    This is really quite a spiritual experience. Looking back over various times in my life has been nourishing and centering.
    I feel as though I’ve recaptured some of the spirit of a younger me that I may have lost in recent years!

  2. Cheryl Miller says:

    Hi Suzanne – your project sounds amazing. You should teach a teleclass or live class on it. I’d be interested. I know what you mean by this being a spiritual experience. Maybe you can post one on Facebook and let me know it’s up so I’ll be sure to see a younger you….that would be so much fun!

  3. Mary says:

    Cheryl, it IS that time of year – my mother always had a flower garden, but she died in January and I’m sure my dad won’t keep it up…. I do have a funny garden story though! Newly wed, my husband was eager to please and when my mother asked him to build her a flower garden he readily agreed. Now, mother was from western PA, beloved spouse from NE Indiana, and we live outside DC, my parents on George Washington’s rice paddies (well, formerly rice paddies). So anyway, out goes beloved spouse with shovel, returns easily 2 hours later, calls me aside and whispers (I’m NOT making this up!) “Mary, where’s the dirt? I’ve dug down 2 feet and it’s just this orange stuff.” Holding back laughter against the greatest of odds and every cell in my body, I gently explained we actually had to buy our dirt, we only had clay in the area! Well, it was REALLY funny at the time!

    Part of my whole health cleansing is recovering from mom’s sudden death and funeral — I think I every picture ever taken by anybody in my house now, they have to be re-organized and returned to my father who purports to not want them but we’ll see — so I’m doing lots of scanning too!

  4. Cheryl Miller says:

    Hi Mary – I’m so sorry about the loss of your mom suddenly. Very sad. My mom died a little over a year ago. It’s strange not to have a mom any more.
    Thanks for your funny garden story. Your husband sounds like a sweetie!
    Good luck with scanning and organizing all those photos. Sounds like a big job! Best to you.


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