I did a double-take, "Did I write this article?" No, but alas, I'm not alone. And judging from the number of messages to your article, there is a thriving community!
Thank you for giving us voice. I too am a master gardener but hesitate to tell my address. When those who know it tell me that they "drove by the other day..."
I get a cold chill.
Here in south Louisiana there's gardening and there's weeding! Gardening is the fun, creative implementation of your garden dreams. Weeding, on the other hand, is
the "thorn in the flesh" of those beautiful hopes. It's work, work, discouraging work!
So this years resolution is two fold:
Number one, do something, even a little something, every day. I will write something in my garden journal even if it's just one short sentence. I will get one plant in the ground... or prune one, tie a vine, add some mulch, or sharpen a tool. Mostly, I need to shift my perception of gardening from being one big job, to being many small task. I put off the "big job" and never get anything accomplished. However if I can shift my paradigm, and see individual task, maybe, just maybe I can get one done every day. And if nothing else, a word in my journal will suffice.
Number two, simplify. To simplify I will resist adding new beds and resist buying new plants. Don't laugh, I feel that I can be transparent here. After alI, I use the word resist to allow room for failure without discouragement. Maybe there's a five step program... Seriously, this year, I need to focus my energies on eradicating a few tenacious invasives.
Thank you, Tamara, for your article. Thanks, also to all you kindred gardeners who, like me, hope to do better this year.
Happy New Year and Happy Gardening,