I have several strategies to keep myself from going insane while I spend countless hours on my knees pulling weeds. I try to visualize the ocean, or mentally work on that book I'm supposed to be writing. Sometimes I'll think of a song I like. No such luck, yesterday, though. I couldn't seem to get the ocean on my mental viewing screen, I had writer's block with the book and the only song playing in my head was "Crimson and Clover". I don't care much for that song to begin with and the only words I know are the chorus, so that's what played on my internal radio for several mind-numbing hours. I guess I should have gotten out the ipod.
I've heard of some different ways to deter weeds, but I'm not sure they would work for me. My Mom talked to her landscaper who told her that he never pulls weeds, he instead, sprays each one individually with weed killer. It sounded like such an easy way to go that my Mom tried it. RIP, ivy! She wiped out an entire patch of it with a few squirts.
My neighbor swears by adding about 3 inches of mulch every year. It works for her, but I've got hundreds of feet of flower beds and gardens and it would cost me a small fortune for that much mulch. My mulch is only an inch or two thick and it's not stopping the weeds one bit.
I do find that Preen is effective, but you have to get in on the soil before the weeds emerge. I have a whole container of it in the garage, but I didn't get it applied soon enough. The war rages on!
I did find the time to do a little baking, though. I made this wonderful Blueberry Muffin Cake. It's delicious and easy to make. I had it ready for the oven in less than 15 minutes.
The streusel topping is outstanding!
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 inch square pan with cooking spray.
Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl, set aside. In a smaller bowl, combine milk, oil, egg and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix well. Gently stir in blueberries. Pour into prepared pan.
In another small bowl, combine dry streusel ingredients. Cut in butter with a knife or pastry blend until coarse crumbs form. Sprinkle over top of cake.
Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Allow to cool before cutting.
~~One more quick note, if you know a thing or two about birds and haven't seen my post from Saturday, please take a quick look when you have a chance. We still haven't identified this guy and we would value any input you may have. Thanks! ~~