May 4, 2010

Kitchen Tip Tuesday: Gardening Woes

I think I mentioned before that I have a very non-green thumb. I don't own indoor plants...nor do I ever want to unless they are cactus and I don't care for the look of cactus so...no indoor plants. I love to look at plants and flowers outside. I love to harvest wonderful fresh veggies from the garden. Problem is similar to what I explained before...I have crafter ADD. I start a project and can't follow through with it to the end. I get bored. I think it trickles into the garden. Just the other day I went out to the potting shed (the really old outhouse transformed into the potting shed) to look for the new hummingbird feeder I know I bought last season on clearance (and I still can't find it!) but then I got distracted by some weeds in the path to the back mudroom door so I started weeding it. That turned into an hour or so job. Then I thought I'd go transplant some hostas and that turned into transplanting some pretty purple plant (not sure what it is, some kind of violet, maybe?) then I decided to dig out some nasty invasive ornamental grass. Needless to say I got seriously sidetracked but I did (mostly) finish my jobs that I started so that's good. Well, except the weeding of the path. I got tired of that so there's a section that still needs to be finished, but I Preened the living daylights out of the path so that I (hopefully) won't have to worry about it. The problem I have is that I get bored with my projects. I always get so gung-ho on gardening and then come August when it's hot, humid, and I couldn't give a flying leap about weeds I get bored. So out of the goodness of their hearts my Hubby and my mom pick up the pieces for me and take care of gardening while I process the goods by way of freezing and canning. I get bored with that, too, but thankfully by the time I get bored with it canning time is over. : ) I do have a point to this story, really! I need lots of gardening motivation. Lots. So I want to share with you what keeps me going. Margaret used to be the garden editor for Martha Stewart and now she's on her own. Margaret's blog A Way To Garden is a wonderful source of gardening info. Whether it's flower gardening or veggie gardening, she's got great advice for you! I particularly love her month to month garden chore list. It keeps me on my toes. Now I didn't say I do every activity necessarily, but it's good to have a goal, right? ; )


*The peonies in the picture are mine. I love them! I have several peony bushes around the homestead. I plan on transplanting several of them out in front of the house. Then again I planned on transplanting them last year, too. It might get done this year. Unless something else that intrigues me comes along. I'll keep you posted. ; )

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Crafter ADD"...that's so funny, Carmen! I'm sort of the same way, getting bored with a project and putting it aside. I think it's more because there are so many crafty things that I like to do. So I'll knit on something a while, then I get into a soapmaking streak. Pretty soon I find myself at my sewing machine for a few days pretty regularly. I'll cross stitch for a number of days. Hit some crocheting. Then make my way back to my knitting project. Eventually I put the finishing touches on projects, but it does take me a while. I just have too many interests! And I think too having kids around affects how much we get done on those sorts of fun activities. We gotta grab the minutes we have available when they present themselves. So like I might sew a bit around dinner prep time since my sewing machine is right in our dining room. I'll get to a stopping point in my dinner preps and head over to do a seam or two. Evenings I usually knit, crochet or cross stitch after my youngest is down for the night. But I'm usually so tired myself that I just get a row or two done and then it's time for me to hit the sack too. Oh well. I'll eventually get all my projects done...if the Lord doesn't call me home first!

Carmen said...

There is definitely something about safety in numbers! Glad I'm not alone!! ; )

Mary Henderson said...

You're right Carmen! It's good to have goals so that if something sidetracks you, your goals will get you back on course. It would be futile to be doing anything you can think of without direction. At the end of the day, you would feel you have not accomplished much that should be done. This is applicable to life and also to gardening. It's good to have goals in gardening. So, just motivate yourself to move on and you'll get things done as well.

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