I’m nearly there. I just have beans and zucchini, squash, herbs, cucumbers and melons left to go into the garden. The good thing about the cucumbers is their bed is ready and waiting and the frame is up, ready to support outreached tendrils as they grow towards the sun. The only thing holding things up at this point is the cucumbers themselves. I’d like them to be just a little bigger before they go out into the world. Besides it is still a little too chilly at night and they do like to sulk if it isn’t warm enough.
The other ones actually still need a full renovation of their soon to be luxury homes, but now it is a tad warm in the middle of the day – it is the thought of doing the reno, working up a bit of a sweat that is putting me off. I need to just get in there and do it. Maybe bright and early tomorrow, then I can say it is done.
The thing is – it isn’t done – not yet. It will only be done in context of a set of tasks in a moment. I could give you a huge list of what is still to do:
- There are sunflowers to go in along the fence – oh it will look so pretty
- The wildflowers need a home – still not sure where but I need to get on to it
- I need to repot the peppers into bigger pots because they aren’t going into the garden until the garlic comes out and that is about 8 weeks away
- The melons also need to be repotted as they aren’t going in until the onions come out, but they will be quite happy in the greenhouse in the warm until then
- All the left-over plants need to be repotted into polybags so I can give them away without losing my pots – I nearly didn’t have enough this season
- I should really wash the pots I have used now. Washing pots in cold weather is not very enjoyable
- I think I have a few more seeds to sow… I’ll know what is missing once everything is in or given away
- I need to build a frame to protect my strawberries from the birds – although they don’t seem to be bothering them at the moment.
- I need to rescue my Jerusalem Artichokes – they are currently choking in weeds
- Everything could do with a feed
- The peas need a bit of love – they are in a right old mess.
- The shed needs a tidy up and so does the greenhouse, while we’re at it
- The grass needs mowing… again
Actually – to see it all written down makes me feel a little better. It isn’t really that much to do at all. Sometimes it can all get a bit overwhelming and you can’t appreciate all you have managed to achieve in the face of all that is still to be done. I do remember receiving some great advice once that said:
“when you are digging or weeding, work with your back to what is still to do, so you can see how far you have come, you aren’t overwhelmed by how much is still to do and the end comes as a wonderful surprise.”
I am learning to stop and be still in my garden and just sit for a while and just notice the small things. It is a really great way to recharge and be ready for the next push to get things done, without overdoing things. Gardens can bring great joy, so long as you stop being busy in there and start looking around.
Come again soon – the weather is leaning more towards summer than winter, which is about time too!
Sarah the Gardener : o)