I’ve been so busy. Lots of people like being busy and arrange their lives in such a way that they are always busily and happily buzzing back and forth between commitments. I am not one of those people. Whenever my life gets too busy, or “big” as I’ve been known to describe it, I start to fail. I start to feel overwhelemed and stressed and then my performance with it all suffers. Perhaps there is a way for me to work on this so that I can be both busy and still highly functional, but until I figure out how (and if) I can make that happen, I feel it is best to just recognize when I start to feel this way and then make immediate efforts to scale back on commitments.
Luckily for me, some of my recent commitments are past me and a couple others are soon to be as well, so I can see relief on the horizon. In fact today, I experienced some in the form of a midday nap. Of course I could have and probably should have been doing any number of other things, but I was near meltdown mode and knew it was best to just power down for a bit and recharge…wow, what’s with those electronic metaphors there?!….hmmm
Anywho… my nap helped calm and rejuvenate me and so did re-watching the lovely little Back to Eden Film. If you have not yet seen it, I HIGHLY recommend you set aside the time to as soon as possible, especially if you like to garden and grow your own food. It is just under 2 hours long of pure inspiration! I think you’ll find it time well spent. You may want to have a notebook handy to make notes on ideas and concepts you don’t want to forget. Honestly, though, the beauty of this film is that all the information shared is so logical and practical, you may not even need a notebook as most if not all of it will just soak into your noggin.
Being reminded as I was about this film today was perfect timing in that this week is my LAST chance at getting cold weather crops in the ground with any hope of seeing them fruit before the heat comes and causes them all to wilt or go to seed. I dig gardening (pun intended), but I have just been so plumb exhausted as of late, I’ve been worried about how I was going to muster the energy to prepare and plant all 8 (4×8′) raised beds in time. I must admit, I’ve been a bit intimidated about the idea of managing the largest vegetable and herb gardens I’ve ever had, not to mention a small fruit orchard in need of much TLC….oh, and exactly how do you mow lawn on a slope?! …but I digress.
I recently took “before” pictures of all my yard/garden projects. I think my camera batteries must have died before I was able to get any really good shots of the raised beds because this is the only one I could find.
The bibb lettuce growing forward in the shot started to go to seed and then got eaten by my chickens who mercilessly broke into this bed. No real harm done as you see they did not touch the garlic, which is what I would have cried to lose. The garlic is doing nicely with no attention from me since fall. The garlic takes up only 1/4 of 1 garden bed. All other beds are empty. Well, that’s not entirely true as we noticed some asparagus popping up in one of the other beds so I’m pretty sure we’ve got some asparagus root bundles down deep in that one.
The good, no, great news is that there is really nothing else on my schedule for tomorrow so I will be able to dedicate lots of time in the garden. Unless it’s a torrential downpour, I plan to be out there rain or shine putting to bed some cold weather crop veg starts I got at Reems Creek Nursery (my new favorite nursery). If I have an abundance of time and energy and favorable weather, I’ll also plan to direct sow some other veg seeds as well.
One small stumbling block… I don’t yet have a garden plan illustrating what goes where, but I intend to whip one out bright and early tomorrow over some tea.