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The Barefoot Gardener

Location:  Dundee, IL

Day Job:  Accounting

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard, Other

Crops:  Basil, Bell Peppers, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Chile Peppers, Cucumbers, Garlic, Gourds, Green beans, Jalepeno Peppers, Lavender, Lettuce, Mint, Oregano, Peas, Pumpkins, Strawberries, Thyme, Tomatoes, Turnips, Rhubarb, parsnips, dill. Something new every year...and as much as I can fit of all the above!

Animals:  Dogs

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  Why am I getting dirty!!! I have a passion for getting dirty...it's my way of creating the most magical, colorful place for nurturing seeds of all kinds into an abundant harvest! It's so rewarding! It's my, passion, my meditation...It makes me come alive. I love gettin dirty!

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  • Posted by: Wong88 on April 14th, 2012 at 08:05 am

    What are you currently working on?

  • Posted by: City Girl Garden on June 28th, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Just checking in to see if you are headed "South" yet! Hope all goes well during your move!

  • Posted by: The Barefoot Gardener on June 17th, 2011 at 04:50 am

    I hope everyone is enjoying the spring planting season...I am like a fish out of water, with moving next month I never put any vegetables in...I did make a few beautiful pots to bring along for an instant homey feeling in our new home...I forgot how much fun moving is...:)...we are busy packing and clearing out but I sure can't wait to view the new grounds so I can at least plan for next year!! Happy Father's Day to all you father's out there!

  • Posted by: The Barefoot Gardener on June 2nd, 2011 at 06:20 am

    We are finally having some beautiful spring/summer like weather around here....I loe the cool mornings, jut wish I could stay home to enjoy them! Hope everyone's gardens are flurishing!

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  • Posted by: The Barefoot Gardener on May 25th, 2011 at 06:55 am

    Blessings to all those who have/are experiencing tragic weather...you are in my prayers! This is some real scary stuff! Everyone be alert and be safe!!

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on May 23rd, 2011 at 06:32 pm

    I hope that where you are moving is not a flooding area of Tennessee. I have raised beds because in urban city U.S.A. a backyard is littered with underground utilities not only for my house but for the surrounding houses as well. It's just best not to dig in the dirt of a backyard. Even though they come and locate the utilities there can always be a whoops! which leaves neighbors wondering what happened to their Internet. I took a vacation of about 20 years from gardening to work and raise kids but now I'm back bigger than ever. I had to purchase new canners and jars but I'm ready for the harvest. It's been about three years from the first raised garden bed. I now have five garden beds with one maybe two more expansion beds on the drawing board for this year.

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a great day in the garden.

  • Posted by: MommaLeah on May 23rd, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I understand about the not planting because you're going to move. I'm on the other end of the same stick. I just moved into the new house, and for the first time I have no garden, because I have to clear land, and I wanted to see what was already planted there. No matter, I can survive one season.

  • Posted by: CJStAugustine on May 21st, 2011 at 08:52 am

    I planted rhubarb and it actually is producing here in St Augustine, Florida. I have my doubts that it will get really good with the climate we have.

  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on May 19th, 2011 at 07:43 am

    Will you still be in Illinois after your move? Moving in the spring, summer, or fall for a gardener is definitely a tramatic thing. I hope things work out even better for gardening where you are moving. I'm not sure that I would want to start out all over with the garden again.

    Good luck with your move.

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