October 28, 2015

The Habit of Gardening

I, inadvertently, opted out of big gardening projects this past year.  I just did not have it in me to spend another summer fighting the bugs and the heat only to have a small output.  I must admit I missed it.

I am looking forward to getting back on the horse, so to speak, this next spring.  In the meantime, I am going to write up a plan (in the bullet journal) to do a little each day in the garden to prepare for spring.  The fall and winter garden are quiet right now and in dire need of some serious weeding and replenishing of soil nutrients.

It might be a good plan to put some bulbs in so we have that splash of color come early spring.  The early blooming flowers get me excited to plant. too.  

My typical morning routine for the garden often includes a cup of coffee in one hand as I walk around watering trees, shrubs, flowers and herbs.  In the summer I water the grass, too, but once the temperature drops below 60 degrees at night the grass goes dormant and does not need to be watered again until late spring.

I pulled the last of the pomegranates and pecans off the trees and all the other fruit trees are starting to have some yellow and orange tinge to their leaves.  It won't be long before they will be bare and ready for a winter pruning.  The rose bushes will join them for the cold weather trim, too.

If I spend about 10 minutes a day pulling weeds as I water I can get the whole overgrown mess under control again before winter.  So, my plan is to water, weed and enjoy the cooler morning temperatures as soon as the time changes this coming Sunday.  It will, once again, be light enough to go out earlier in the mornings.

Further Reading on This Topic

Good Habits in the Garden

Fall Garden Checklist:  10 Thing To Do

7 Habits of Successful Gardeners

Garden By Habit - great blog with a "read to me" option for her posts

Are you a gardener?

Do you have a favorite thing you enjoy planting and caring for?

What is your favorite time of day to enjoy being in the garden where you live?

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