The Garden Has Been Invaded!

the evidence of my shameful neglect

My poor, poor vegetable garden. It has been taken over by invasive grass and gross neglect.

Chronic fatigue and an overflowing schedule have put a damper on gardening this summer, yet somehow the plants still grow without careful tending.

We had a rare 70 degree day yesterday and took advantage of it by spending an hour weeding and harvesting the rest of the overgrown radishes.

garden partially uncovered

Only a few carrots and one lonely little lettuce sprouted from the many that we planted, so I will be replacing those with other quick-growing crops within the next week.


The cucumbers are ready to be staked, so I’ll build the trellises next week also.


With our happy radish harvest, Katie and I will make some potato and radish greens soup today.

I’m excited to try my hand at fermented radishes too. If all goes well, I’ll share the recipe.

English Breakfast radish harvest

Is anyone else out there as bad a gardener as I am? I need some love, so let me know in the comments if you’re garden-impaired.


Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.

When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.

4 thoughts on “The Garden Has Been Invaded!”

  • I live in an apartment with no deck and no outdoor space (but lots of windows!), so I don’t have much of a garden at all. I had a nice herb garden going, but then I adopted a cat and she started eating my chives, the one thing in there that could be poisonous to cats. As a solution, I stuck the pot with my herbs in it in a closet as a temporary solution until I could pull the chives out. But you know…out of sight, out of mind. Anyway, I’ve got to replant my herb garden now 🙂

  • You’re not alone! I am an awful gardener but I try! I have the desire if nothing else. My parents finally came into town to visit last weekend and my dad (who has a landscaping business and always a thriving garden) got to work pruning and fixing my little patio garden. It actually looks like I know what I’m doing now!

  • Mulching with leaves, compost, and grass clippings has virtually eliminated/minimized the weeds in my main garden this year. We also did raised beds for the first time, although I made mine about a foot deep and put down newspaper at the bottom. Weeds don’t really have a place to grow my plants have crowded everything out. I did it square foot style and was really amazed!

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