Friday, April 23, 2010

Garden Flow

I love this weather. Cool, crisp mornings and evenings and warm, sunny afternoons. I have been working like a dog – cleaning up my yard and planting flowers. There are four things I like about gardening: fresh air, sunshine, the ability to immediately see results of your labor, and getting so involved in the work that you are able to forget about everything and really enjoy yourself. It is a very satisfying hobby.

It can be addicting. New ideas for improvement constantly keep popping into my head. My middle aged body and my budget can’t keep up. I ache all over and my pockets are empty. I am happy to have a few rainy days to rest and regroup. It is early in the season and I still have plenty of time to do whatever I want to my yard.

Gardening takes patience. It can be a very relaxing and rewarding hobby if you let it. You have to be careful not to get obsessive about it.

I was very disappointed in my vegetable garden this week. It is a small little garden encased in 2 foot fence to keep out the rabbits. I can’t get a tiller in it so I have to work it with a shovel or garden fork. This year it was full of roots and huge dirt clods and I even found some rocks in there. I don’t know how those rocks and roots got there. Anyway, I turned over a layer of dirt and then chopped up the clods with a hoe but it still was too rough to plant. I wasn’t sure what to do next so I quit for the day. My back hurt and I was frustrated. We got a little rain that night and the next afternoon I hopped back in there with my hoe and I raked and chopped mindlessly until it was nice and smooth. The rain has loosened things up and the raking back and forth really smoothed it out. I was able to plant seeds and pepper plants. I was so happy.

I had forgotten about “flow”. Flow is the state of being where a person is totally immersed in a task. They lose track of time and forget about the world around them as they focus completely on what they are doing. It is very calming and satisfying.

Lesson: Have patience. Break down difficult tasks into a couple of days. Establish “flow”. I will try to remember this all summer as I work around the yard.

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