I worked in my garden yesterday for 3 ½ hours, but you really can’t see much of a difference. I started by weeding around my peony, and thinning out my wild geraniums. When the sun came around and the honey bees started buzzing, I buzzed off too – to the other side where I hacked and slashed, and worked up a pretty good sweat. The hidden yellow spurge sadly, did not survive the winter. By afternoon, I had prepared enough space to plant 2 bulbs and transplant some rudbeckia. I was too tired to change before I went to the school to get Little Guy, and I’m sure I was quite a sight – muddy knees, sandy shirt, and fluffy hair with little bits of dirt and sticks.
While working away, I started to compile a short list of “Dos”, “Don’ts”, “Things I need to Remember”, and “Signs that it’s Time to Take a Break”. Feel free to add to them.
- Step on the toes of your sneakers (if you left them out overnight like I did) – you never know who may have moved in overnight
- Wear shoes and clothes that fit properly…no one wants to see “plumber bum” in nature.
- Put your hair up – nothing tastes worse than muddy hands picking hair out of your mouth
- Hydrate often
- Wear sunscreen and a hat
- Respect the living things – it’s your garden, but their home.
- Mistake your ipod cord for a spider or ant and freak out
- Sing too loud out loud – your neighbour might be home after all
- Get your hair stuck in the tree
- Hit your foot with the shovel or spade – it hurts!
Other things to remember:
- Spiders can climb trees
- Ants can bite
- Bumblebees are territorial and aggressive
You know it’s time to head inside for a break when:
- Your arms and/or legs feel like jell-o
- The same BIG spider is running at you repeatedly
- You’re too tired to skip the Christmas carols on your ipod
- The “eau de skunk” starts wafting more heavily in the breeze
I still have weeks of work ahead of me, but I am determined to win this year!!