I need to remind myself that while I’m attempting to Make May Count, I shouldn’t overdo it. I’m not superwoman, I am a mild mannered gardener with an annoying side kick called MS. It’s just that I get a little over enthusiastic with the sense of achievement and crave it more and more. Although getting things done is a great thing to chase in a world filled with vices at every turn.
I started out great yesterday. It was so still and so mild. Not warm, I was wearing thick socks and a jumper. But it was a lovely autumnal day. I started out strong and transplanted a few of the larger plants in the greenhouse into bigger pots. I decided the daphne plant I had nurtured from a twig was strong enough to return to the outdoors and positioned in on the shady side of my deck, out of the wind so it can deliver its sweet scent to my office when it blooms.
While weeding the garden the other day – probably the kryptonite to my get up and go, I noticed the gooseberry plant was not looking all that flash. Instead of leaving it to its own devices, in a do or die battle with the elements, yesterday I decided to dig it up, pop it into a pot of nutrient rich soil and give it some love over the winter so it can draw in some strength without fighting the windy coastal conditions and then replant it out again in the spring once the conditions are calm and it can spend the season growing in strength.
Then I headed into the office to catch up on the computer gardening missed from a day of powerless weeding. It was at this point I felt my energy drain from my body like someone had turned a tap. I’ve been here before and there is nothing for it but to stop and recover. To push on is madness and extends the recovery time. But in the spirit of ‘do one more thing’ I took my ‘put one foot in front of the other’ approach I shelled some beans that had had more than enough time to dry, and shucked some popcorn that had also benefited from the warmth of the greenhouse and were good to go.
Today I feel well rested and ready to go again, but maybe a bit more considered. No more 5 hour weeding sessions. That is just madness. But today is a good day. Today we are free and out of lockdown and I can finally go shopping. Level 2 requires us to be cautious, but we can get out and about. I have a list for the garden centre. I want onion seeds or seedlings as my Pukekohe Longkeepers haven’t done as well as I would have liked. There are 6 weeks until the shortest day so there is still plenty of time to sow seed. It is a little late, but I’d love some sweet pea seeds, and I want some elephant garlic because last year mine didn’t do well at all, so I have no saved cloves. I’d like some mesh because I want to build a sieve, and I would like some shelf brackets and some sandpaper because I want to build some shelves for my office.
Oh and I need storage containers so the items we emptied out of the bedroom wardrobe when we built the shelves in the tool shed can be sorted through into rodent proof boxes and can be stored in an orderly manner in the tool shed. I know myself too well and if I just put the boxes as they were straight into the tool shed they would stay like that forever. But as a tripping hazard in the front room, this will ensure they are sorted properly and sorted in good time.
I probably need a haircut, but that can wait, there are so many more important things to be done in Level 2! I came up with so many great and possibly not so great ideas during lockdown that desperately need exploring.
Come again soon – so many options but need to be taken with all kinds of caution.
Sarah the Gardener : o)