My New Year’s resolution for March was to do something about my garden. I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I haven’t done nearly as well with this resolution as I have with the others so far.
When we first moved into our house, the garden needed a lot of attention. It was overgrown, the lawn was scraggly and brown and there were weeds everywhere. I had always intended to start working on it, but it just never happened. This is partially because when we first arrived here, there were so many other things to do. We had to unpack, buy furniture and get our cats settled. Add into the mix the fact that Ross and I were trying to transition from “long-distance couple” to “live-in-lovers” and you can understand why gardening started to slip lower and lower down the list of priorities.
Also, the fact that I hate yard work of any kind makes it hard for me to motivate myself to work on the garden. I can force myself to do a little bit of basic maintenance, but if I’m faced with the prospect of spending the afternoon in the garden I’ll run in the opposite direction. I am perfectly happy to clean my house top to bottom, but yard work? Blegh! The bugs, the dirt, the aching muscles and the heat all combine to make it one of my least-desired activities.
Another factor that’s come into play is my complete lack of knowledge about gardening. I’m a total gardening novice. I don’t know the best method to pull up weeds or nurture flowers. Hell, half the time I don’t even know if what I’m pulling up even is a weed! I don’t know anything about what to plant when or how to plan a garden. The only thing I can do with any sort of skill is mowing, and even then I’m not great at it.
The neglect of our garden has resulted in it becoming even more overgrown and unruly. The whole lot needs to be weeded thoroughly and re-done. There are entire sections that will need to be completely stripped. The task is just so daunting. There have been a couple of times when I’ve asked Ross, “Can’t we just set fire to the lot and start from scratch?”
This month, I had the best intentions of starting on the yard work. I began well. At the beginning of March, I made a list of all the things that needed to be done in the garden. I went out and sprayed a bunch of weeds, did some mowing and pulled up a few weedy patches. But that’s about as far as I’ve gotten.
I have to own up to the fact that I’ve been pretty lax on this resolution. I could have pushed myself a bit harder to work on it, but I haven’t. There have been other intervening factors though. The weather has been unusually hot for this time of year, so I haven’t been able to work outside most days for fear of melting. When I do work, I can’t spend more than fifteen minutes outside without feeling completely exhausted. I’ve also been very busy with blogging and work and preparations for my baptism (which is happening this weekend!) so time hasn’t been on my side.
Over the next few weeks, I’m going to get my butt into gear. Now that the weather is finally cooling off, I’ll be able to spend a bit of time in the evenings working in the garden. I want to organize a working bee one weekend, and my parents have offered to come around and help us strip the main garden beds. I also plan to go to the local nursery and have a chat to some experts about what they can suggest. I think I need a bit of expert advice, because I’m way out of my depth.
So, perhaps I was a bit over-ambitious with this resolution. While I won’t say it was a complete failure, there is still a lot of work to be done. Hopefully I’ll be able to do some more work in the next few weeks.
If anyone has any suggestions for me about gardening, or what I should do with my yard, let me know. I’d love to hear what you think!