Dear Mr. Garden Guy,
I recently stumbled across the most charming blog -Living for Today. Although written by an adoring mother, its not a sugar ‘n cupcakes mommy blog. So don’t roll your eyes! She explains: “This blog is about realizing, enjoying and appreciating what I can do today.” Its about everyday moments. Turning even mishaps (like damaging her car – twice in the same day – ouch!) into positive take-aways. This mom’s slogan is “Someday I won’t be able to do this. Today is NOT that day!” Check out her blog in the link below.
I am a 48 year old wife and mother of four; Brady 20, Riley 17, Annie 14 and Josie 12. I am also a professional photographer. Around the age of 45 I started to notice some changes; for instance I…
So what does this have to do with gardening? You may ask.
Someday I won’t be able to do my own yardwork. Today is NOT that day! I often covet my neighbors’ ground crews hired to maintain their lawns. Today while I was just beginning to cut back shrubbery and ornamentals for the winter, the professionals were completing their work with such speed and precision that it seemed otherworldly. An hour later I was still outside – wacking/mowing down weedy grass. Typically a sweaty, achy, laborious job. I picked my turf battles carefully, doing only half the yard. Two hours was enough. I moved on to the vegetable gardens.
- Harvested the last of the eggplants
- Picked a few bush beans for freezing
- Watered the lettuce
- Tended to the medicinal herbs – rosemary, lemon balm, cat mint
- Inspected the broccoli patch
- Gathered a few okra pods
I added that okra to my homemade vegetable soup. A leafy salad made with my garden greens completed the lunch menu today. The fruit of my labors was a delicious reward for my hard work. This is what my suburban neighbors miss when hiring others to tend their land. Someday I won’t be able to do my own yardwork including maintaining a vegetable garden. Today is NOT that day!
Watering Can: Freeimages.com/Ronny Satzke