Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Slowing my roll: in the garden

I have a need for instant gratification. I recognize this in myself, and I know it's problematic. I think this is partly why I tend to over shop, over indulge, and under-focus. I'm trying to get away from this, and that's partly why I'm drawn to the garden. There is no instant gratification in the garden.

Well, that's not entirely true: you can buy some plants at the garden center and stick them in the ground and bam! You have a lovely garden. And I have done that.

But I'm trying not to. I'm trying to grow things from seed or from root. It takes time, but it's so satisfying to watch them grow, and hope that the bunnies don't nibble too much.

Spring has sprung in our part of New Jersey and my garden is alive, the weeds are thriving.

But others are thriving too - small signs of life from last year. My parsley is booming, as is my oregano.

Excuse the weeds. Weeding without chemicals is a lot of work, and while I've devoted time the last few weekends to it, but there's so much more. I'm embracing the long tail of this pursuit.

18 months ago I planted a peony and a lilac, and they are appearing too. Though, I don't think they will flower this year - but they are getting bigger and they will be beautiful one day.

And finally, the first bud of the roses, planted by someone long gone, have appeared.

My goals now, and in the coming weeks and months: keep it slow, do it right, maintain maintain maintain. And stay on top of the weeds.

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