The previous owner of our home and the owner before her, were avid gardeners. Years ago, the gardens were the big finale on our community garden tour, however, prior to the purchase of the house, the gardens hadn’t been kept up. Since then, I have been working on restoring them, but being a newbie gardner, it’s been challenging. Last Fall, instead of raking leaves I blew them into the flower beds. Now, I’m feeling overwhelmed and anxious about the clean up as I don’t know where to begin or if I can do it on my own.
One area of the garden, they all look like this.
Yep…..that’s a lot of foliage! Wait, there’s more
My husband helps a lot on weekends, but the gardens are my responsibility. I could just say “forget it” and sod over them, however, all the time, energy and love devoted by the previous owners inspires me to continue working on them.
When I began today, my thought process was “I can’t do this”. “I’m never going to get this done”. “It’s just too much for me”. I really wanted to quit.
Instead, I decided to break down the job into sections and focus on one garden at a time. I told that negative voice to “be quiet” and started thinking about this blog post. Thinking about something other than the problem was a great distraction while I worked. As time went on, the job seemed more manageable. I started thinking “This isn’t so bad”. “I’ve got this under control”.
After the first bed was finished, I was excited to move on to the next. Piece of cake! I guess what I’m trying to say is how we approach the overwhelming situations is important. When things seem TOO BIG break them down. I forgot to do that today, but managed to remind myself to do so. Before long, by breaking things down and some positive self talk, “managing the task” evolved into” enjoying the activity”! This applies to most things. Not to minimize something major,a messy garden is small potatoes, but the principle of positive self talk and breaking things down can help in many situations.
So here’s the progress!
I still have a lot of Fall clean up to do, but now, can’t wait to get at my beds!
Tools that helped me along today!