I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I haven’t posted much about my garden this year.
That’s because I’ve been feeling embarrassed. Embarrassed about the state of affairs in my garden, and my flower beds. Oh my gosh. So yeah, when a neighbor stopped by on Friday to ask if I wanted help weed whacking that very tall and very large patch of grass in the side yard, I said yes.
We agreed that he would take it easy so that I could save my flowers and strawberry plants. He whacked over the top of them, and then I pulled weeds around the plants. It took about an hour and a half with both of us. If you must know this was the swatch of yard that I’d determined would be my lawn domination section. I wanted to turn it into a cottage garden brimming with flowers. I had such aspirations…..
It worked great for me last year. Last year I spent 2-3 hours a week in that section of garden, and this spring I expanded it…. And then I ran out of hours in the week. I’ve been trying to blog and declutter the house, and start a lactation business, and spend quality time with the family, and so gardening fell by the wayside.
So after a lot of thought, I’ve made a decision to consolidate my garden quite a bit. I’m in the process of digging up and moving some of my plants to already made beds. The strawberries are all going to be directly in front of the house now at the front of my herb bed. Some of the flowers will move there, and some of them will go in with my bulbs in the bed at the front of the driveway.
And so, I guess this is the final chapter in the lawn domination saga. It ends in a way that I wasn’t expecting. Lawn domination did occur…the lawn dominated me.
In the end, it did give me some things to reflect upon.
1) If there is a job that I don’t like doing, I will do 10,000 times more work to avoid doing that job than to just bite the bullet and do it.
2) This leads to me doing a LOT of things the hard way.
3) I’m looking for areas where I’ve been doing things the hard way for so long that I don’t even recognize that it’s the hard way.
Honestly, I hadn’t even realized that I was doing things the hard way with the side yard. I thought that I was making it easier on myself in the long run…but the truth is that I didn’t know how to start out with a weed free garden in that area, and then I kept adding more and more area to the garden until it was a huge mass that I couldn’t possible tame.
Once we got the area cleaned up on Friday a different neighbor commented that the yard was looking good. He joked that he’d been afraid that a lion was going to jump out and get him.
Anyway, I felt kind of sad and defeated right after I made the decision…but now that I’ve started working on the yard, I know it’s the right decision. I was not able to keep up with so many different areas of garden, and by consolidating the many places where I have pretty plants into only a few, I will be able to keep them up and I’ll actually get to enjoy them.
What do you do the hard way?