I have been away all week in Toronto. A medical appointment brought me in, but I also combined that with lunch with friends, dinner with the kids, and a hair cut. (Yes, this was #2 since my chemo hair started to grow back!!) I also met with my tax accountant, blah blah. I’ve enjoyed the break. For approximately a day and a half, I went without a car – which gave me the perfect excuse to do nothing. Can’t pack – because I have no boxes. No dog to walk. No pressure to prepare meals. There have been a few hardships, like this morning when I woke up again with no car and NO COFFEE!! But for the most part it has been quite a nice break by myself.
This downtime has give me an opportunity to do some planning and prioritizing. I’m in trouble and need to have a plan and to stick to it. The issue is how am I going to tackle all of my gardening this year when: a) I have no gardens prepared – just lots of sprouts in a greenhouse, and existing perennials to be transported b) I have no energy to do physical work, c) May 24th – the official due date for all gardens AND my moving date are less than six weeks away.
Time is a ticking. Obviously I need a plan. A vision and a plan. I must be reasonable about my limitations and break down what needs to be done into mini sub-projects. That way I will have a schedule to follow and I should be able to progress nicely towards my goals. I may only have a few minutes/hours to give the projects before I peter out but at least I will know what I have to focus my attention on at that moment.
I think I also need a back-up plan in case, for some reason I can’t achieve all my goals. For instance, maybe I won’t be able to build a full perennial garden by May 24th. (ha ha – doubtful). But I can plan it all out now, and get a site ready for eventual planting. I can dig the bed, improve the soil and maybe only plant in my little sprouting annual seeds and herbs. This summer I would at least have something in the garden. Next fall, I could plant the perennials just the way I want them.
So here I go:
Step 1 Clarify what my goals are:
Goal number 1:
- Create a respectable front garden because currently I have a very poor front lawn and my front garden is empty with no foundation plants. Remember – I have already pulled out the old over grown shrubs.
Goal number 2:
- Create a new bed.
I will save a fortune if I separate and transplant some of my existing Toronto perennials. However, before I do that I must have a nice bed ready with healthy soil. My short-term plan is to pop the Toronto transplants quickly in the ground now and potentially move them again in the fall to ideal spots and groupings.
I also can not imagine a summer without some flowering long stem plants to use as cuttings for a boutique. I must also have some wonderful smelling herbs. What is a summer walk around your property without reaching down to pluck and squeeze a mint or lavender leaf? These are “must-haves” for me.
The seeds for these flowering annuals and herbs are currently sprouting in my greenhouse. (California poppy, yarrow, cosmos, cleome, helianthus, clives, mint, leeks, sage, dill – to name a few).
So I have two goals. Let’s now call them “Project Front Bed” and “Project New Bed”. Both are of equal importance, but if I’m honest I would say that I can not live without fixing up the front beds. You know my concern. What would the neighbours think? (first impressions/ curb appeal stuff)
IF…. for some reason I was not able to complete “Project New Bed” – life would go on. I could always use containers, or go without cuttings this summer. But that would be very sad 😦 and I have already started my seedlings. NO! NO! That’s not going to happen. This only motivates me more. I must complete both projects!
Step two; I will list all of the steps and stages to reaching my goals. That will help me prioritize the tasks and what to tackle first.
Step three: I will list my resources – inventory of what plants I have now, what I hope to grow from seed, what is coming from my Toronto perennial garden and what I will add in next year.
Step four: I will draw up a realistic schedule with lots and lots of room for breaks and trips to Toronto to pack.
This plan and in particular step #3 will hopefully prevent me from jumping ahead and buying lots of plants now – before I am ready for them. This has always been a problem for me. I love the shopping part. Ooo fun times at the gardening centre. It’s the implementation part that is a drag.
Tomorrow I will start on Step 2. 🙂