Planting Grass

The Grass so little has to do-
A Sphere of simple Green-
With only Butterflies to brood
And Bees to entertain-

And stir all day to pretty Tunes
The Breezes fetch along-
And hold the Sunshine in its lap
And bow to everything-

And thread the Dews, all night, like Pearls-
And make itself so fine
A Duchess were too common
For such a noticing-

And even when it dies-to pass
In Odors so divine-
Like Lowly spices, lain to sleep-
Or Spikenards, perishing-

And then, in Sovereign Barns to dwell-
And dream the Days away,
The Grass so little has to do
I wish I were a Hay-

Emily Dickinson, 333

April 10, 2009
Weather–Warm and sunny–60
We’re discing the soil with our neighbors and getting ready to plant hay this weekend!

What is a disc? It’s this thing you pull behind a tractor to till the soil-



Here’s 42 educating herself about the disc implement-


And inspecting the work-


The neighbors are gathering–it’s time to work together and prepare the ground, plant the seed, fertilize and spray for weeds–then watch it grow and eventually cut and bale it and stack it in the barn.

This is gardening on a large scale.



On another note–back around the house–Here are my new gloves from Costco–I think the whole pack was around 15.00 and they are wonderful.


I used them to help my husband plant these four Forsythia behind the Magnolia. All is going just as planned! So far so good. I’m on track.


We put a fertilizer stick in the ground beside every shrub and tree.


This weekend won’t be about flowers, though, because it’s all about getting that seed in the ground to take advantage of the April and May rain. We have a small window of opportunity. The ground must be turned over and opened up, seed laid, and then we have to press it into the ground by running a barrel over it.

This will be fun–GRASS–Green gold around here! As for the type, I believe it’s Fescue, Orchard, and Alfalfa–but there could be more in that mix.

What are your thoughts about grass? A nuisance to have to water and mow? An aesthetic must have? A resource?

2 responses to “Planting Grass

  1. I’ve found that as long as it gets much water, it does well. I’ve seen new strains of grass seed that promise that the grass does well with less water. Wouldn’t that be nice?

    I heard through the grapevine that today is your Birthday! Happy Birthday, fellow Aries! Wishing you much happiness, and much chocolate cake too! Enjoy your day!

  2. emilydickinsonsgarden

    Thank you! So, you’re an Aries, too? We’re stubborn people, aren’t we?

    This grass we’re planting is supposed to be resistant to drought. We’ll soon find out because our area gets very little moisture after June. This is going to be an education for us!

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