So, I stood in my garden, my backyard, the driveway area and the front yards for the next hour or so. I opened the Anydo app on my phone and made lists for each area. After having surveyed the various areas, I then prioritized the items in each area category. It was, to be honest, a very numbing feeling to see in color just what there was to do besides gardening. And on top of this list, is the fact that I still hadn't finished the transfer of all the items back into my unfinished basement where we replaced our furnace, A/C and water heater recently. It was very overwhelming at that point. So this list got me to thinking about gardening. I thought about it for several days in order to give the lists some distance. And one immutable fact kept pronouncing itself to me.
I needed to give the gardening a rest this year in order to have the time to get these little and not so little projects completed. So there it is. I have decided that I won't be gardening this year. I cannot remember a time when I had a house that I did not have a garden. This will be foreign to me to say the least. I mean, I have been gardening for over 47 years - that number certainly sticks out like a sore thumb.
At first, my family thought I was just frustrated with the weather. But, after saying it and DOING it, I think they are convinced now. Granted, some of the projects are garden related such as setting up my year round greenhouse and placing my new water tank. I also am now looking at rejuvenating my soil with amendments and such over the summer. So, there will be projects and I will share their progress here along with any other work I do with the garden. And I think there is plenty to do.
I did go over to one of my friends gardens last Saturday and helped him roto-till and plant 21 tomato plants. I have free access to the tomatoes so I will have fresh and organic tomatoes this year. They are my favorite vegetable so there is some consolation in that.
Sometimes, you just come to a decision point where the answer is obvious and yet you don't want to acknowledge it. This was one of those times - much to my chagrin. It will be okay and I do have the knowledge that next year my gardens will be ready for another 47 years - or so I hope!
Until next time, Happy Gardening everyone.