Friday, February 22, 2013

Remember, It’s Just a Hobby

Things have been nuts lately. I won’t bore you with the litany of everything I have going on. I’m sure you all know the drill—keeping up with work, keeping up with the kid, blah, blah, blah. And probably like many of the rest of you, I’m letting things slip. I was on a work trip during Valentine’s Day and my husband’s birthday and didn’t do anything. (I think that maybe I sent him a text.) I haven’t been keeping up with the kid’s homework. I haven’t been exercising. I’ve been blowing off my friends. This list goes on.  

So I guess it’s not surprising that I’ve been neglecting the garden too. Actually, I’m really surprised at how many things we’ve managed to keep alive during all this. (Bless my dear husband, who is not a gardener, but has been jumping into help while I’ve been away on trips.) I have managed to come up with a plan for the spring/summer garden, but have done exactly zip to implement it. I’ve been trying to pull myself together to get some seeds started indoors, but haven’t found the energy or the heart. With two more out-of-town trips coming up in March, it just seemed… unnecessary? Silly? Counter-productive? I don’t know. I just haven’t been able to make myself do it.

And like a shmuck, I’ve been feeling guilty about it. Guilty? Really? This is my hobby. This is what I’m supposed to do “get away from it all”—not another thing on the to-do list that makes me feel guilty when I don’t get to it. So I finally talked some sense into myself and decided to give myself a break.

Today, I pulled out my spring/summer garden plan to adjust it. I decided that I should plan on not getting much done (beyond watering what I’ve already got planted) until late March when I get back from a couple more out-of-town trips. And low and behold, when I let myself off the hook, everything turned out OK. I think there are a few plants that I’ll need to buy at the nursery instead of starting from seed, and the rest should be just fine if I get them started a little later outdoors. As my girl says, “Easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy.”

Even better, now that I’ve given myself a little room to breathe, I’m excited about the spring/summer garden again! It’s not just another thing I have to get done, it’s something to look forward to when I get back from my trips. Awesome. I’m back on track.

So pretty soon here—when I have time—I’ll post my plans. I’ve got some great things in store! 


Colleen said...

I feel you. I always feel like a shmuck when I buy a plant from a nursery. But why? I feel like I should grow EVERYTHING from seed, but that is silly.

Holly said...

Just found your blog today and I'm glad I did. I'm new to Arizona gardening and can use all the help I can get. I bought lettuce transplants instead of seeds. It makes me happy to see something (anything!) in my garden so if that's what it takes then I'm okay with that. I'm not the most patient gardener. Here's a question for you....How do you keep from digging up your seeds to see if they are doing anything? The suspense is killing me!

claudette said...

LOL! I'm not at all sure I'm the one to ask for advice about patience. ;-) I have already decided this season that I simply do not have the patience for carrots. (They take FOREVER to germinate, and you can't use nursery seedlings to give yourself a head start.) The jury is still out on whether I have enough patience for onions and garlic as well, which seem to take quite a while to mature. That said, I'll TRY to give some advice. I'd say take a look at the seed packet and see how long it's supposed to take for the plant to germinate, then add a couple weeks. Don't let yourself touch anything before then. What did you plant? And when? I'll see if I have any ideas about whether it should be growing yet or not.

One more thought--if you have enough irons in the fire, you might be able to wait on one plant because you're so happy that the others are doing something. Just a thought. ;-)