Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Doing something

As I have mentioned here before one of my news years resolutions was to spend at least one half to one hour in the 'my veggie garden' on the days that I have available. The main reason for this is to circumvent my sometime poor self starting and self motivation. And after six weeks I have to say it is working. I have seedlings growing, soil prepared, weeds weeded composting composting, mulch mulched, green manure manuring and on it goes.

While this won't be a revelation to most people I have found this simple goal to work extremely well for me. I find it so easy to say I'll do it tomorrow, day after day, until it gets to the point that every thing has died from lack of watering or the weeds have overgrown an area . If I go out and do one half to one hour no matter what then jobs don't become insurmountable.

The problem I seem to have is just starting. I don't care how much time someone spends in a garden there will always be something to do and by making regular visits to the garden you can stay on top of problems. Weather it's finding a snail eating your lettuce, watering a thirsty plant, pruning, staking, weeding, mulching the extra attention you give to the veggie garden by making regular working visits can/has avoided a lot of disappointments. I'm guessing the 'she'll be right' attitude should be avoided when it comes to the veggie garden. 

And if anyone finds themselves in a similar pickle as I have from time to time in the past and can't get themselves off the couch then it might be worth giving this simple goal a go.

Another commandment you can bolt onto this goal is 'Do it when you think of it, or at least write it down to do it.' I find when I do get myself out in the veggie garden I'll think of a job that needs doing and if I don't do it straight away it usually gets forgotten. So I do it when I think of it, I can always come back to the job I'm on.

So what are you waiting for. Get the bloody hell out there.

That's enough suggestive preaching for one day.




greenfumb said...

I spend every available spare moment I have in the garden, it's the house I have to force myself to look after. My aim for this year is to do one job each day after work - laundry, clean a room, sort out fridge etc - oh how tedious it is!

Wish I could just live in a tent in the garden.

Stewart said...

I love it when I get there, I just have this thing about getting started. I seem to work things up in my head until they become so big and then think I;ll never get it done and I can end up spiraling down from there. So the main thing for me is to just get a start, then I'm fine. I hear you about the house work though.

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