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The Best Way to Stick to Your Goals – A Gardening Update

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The Best Way to Stick to Your Goals – A Gardening Update

What is the best way to stick to your goals? Accountability.

That’s right.  Having someone to be held accountable to is the best way to stick to your goals!  And whether I want it or not, after publicly declaring my gardening goals, I now have accountability to you!

But, I am not one to run from a challenge. So, instead, as the weather warmed and the snow melted, I armed myself.


For the last week the kids and I have been outside every day for about 2 hours. Our first goal (in case you missed my post 5 Gardening Goals for 2017) is to tackle the blackberry brambles that run down one entire side of our yard.  

When we looked into the best ways to clear brambles, there weren’t a lot of options.  The top 3 suggestions that cropped up over and over were:

  1. Spraying the fall with roundup to kill the plants right down to the roots.
  2. Letting goats eat them away for us.
  3. Handpicking all the brambles, pulling as much root system as possible and maintenance killing.

Spraying with Roundup

I did a lot of reading and talked to a few gardening pros, but the reviews on Roundup were mixed.  Like any highly controversial topic, people were either highly for it or highly against it.  The benefits are that when sprayed in the fall the plant absorbs the roundup through its leaves and takes it down into the root system where it kills the plant completely.  The criticism is that Roundup can remain in the ground for up to 5 years and affect the soil afterwards.  Because we are hoping to plant food sources directly over the bramble patch, we decided to eliminate this option.

Letting Goats Eat Them

I was kicking myself when I read this one!  We actually had goats for several weeks last year.  However, I quickly realized that our yard wasn’t well set up for goats.  And, our land is actually a bit small for them as well.  Our goats were very sweet though and if any animal were to be in our future I would love to have goats.  They followed us around and played with the kids and they were very gentle.  But, these goats were also a bit mischievous. They got bored and started climbing the chicken tractor.  One goat actually punctured a hole in the side of the chicken wire and the birds all got out.  

Now that I am a much more seasoned feather mama,  I wouldn’t panic.  Chickens are great at coming home on their own.  However, back then I had only had the birds about a week, and the goats just as long.  I was 7 months pregnant with a 7 year old and a 1 year old and my husband was in the hospital.  As much as we loved the goats, we gave them back. 

Handpicking The Brambles

So, with the other two options eliminated, we are down to getting rid of these thorny devils by hand. With no other options, this has to be the best way to stick to our goals.  Pulling all those brambles seemed like a daunting task, but once we got started it actually moved along pretty quickly.  I think I got the easier of the 2 tasks we have.  I spend my time the garden hacking down the brambles with long handled snips and raking up the mess and piling it onto a tarp.  Joel, my husband, then gets to drag the tarp to the side gate and dump all the brambles into our trailer to haul away.  He also gets to dig up the root stalks.  

We have made it about a third of the way down the yard removing all the visible brambles.  Joel has cleared the root stalks from about 2/3 of the area that will be our new garden!  

This weekend Joel and I were going to finish pulling the stalks and then erect the fence that will surround our new space.  

But, instead…(insert sound of needle being dragged across a record that was playing your favourite homesteading jam) winter came back for seconds……

The best way to stick to your goals is to have accountability. Come and see how I am sticking to my gardening goals!!!

So, even though I have my accountability to you, part of the best way to stick to your goals is having Mother Nature as an ally.

Next week I will be sharing my garden plan and seed choices.  I’ll also be announcing the details for a seed giveaway with #Happyathomebloggers.  You don’t want to miss this one!



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Nadine Best

I am a follower of Jesus, SAHM, THMer, and homeschooler to my 4 boys. I love to garden and am a wanna be homesteader. I also LOVE organizing.

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