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June 1, 2011

Gardening Tips For Reluctant Gardeners

I've mentioned I hate gardening.  But, strangely, I have found myself compelled to garden - stumbling toward the patio doors like a zombie, eager to tear out more weeds and get more bugs stuck in my hair.  While gardening, I complain non-stop.  Even if I'm alone.  If I hate gardening, why is it so addictive?!?

Maybe because I employ these strategies:
  1. I reward myself with chocolate.
  2. I let gardening count as my daily dose of exercise.
  3. I remind myself that my backyard is an outdoor room, not a vacant lot I can ignore.
  4. I count the imaginary money we will make on the sale of this house, attributed to my weed pulling and bug flicking efforts.
  5. I compare my efforts with my neighbours' and score our respective gardens.  Gardening is more fun if I can "win".
Right now I'm not winning.  Well, I'm beating a few people.  But you should have seen the garden when we bought the townhouse.  Cats got lost in the thick weeds.  Well, here's a record of the garden today.

In dire need of attention but an IMPROVEMENT

I removed all of the weeds from the patio.

Nice new patio furniture!

On the bright side, the Lily of the Valley I "acquired" last year (one bunch I swiped from my grandparents, the other was mailed to me by my mother-in-law) both transplanted nicely.  My absolute favorite flower.

My front yard looks better . . .


  1. snow! Everything is green and gorgeous. I don't think I've ever seen lily of the valley growing, just in pictures. It must not do well in our climate, and that's a shame, because I'd love to have some. Speaking of which, did I mention it's going to be 95 today? That's 35 to you! Way too hot, way too soon.

  2. That is HOT! Actually, I've read that Lily of the Valley plants are pretty hardy. I think they can survive heat (it has been in the low 30's/high 20's here) but they don't like sun. A nice shady place works well.

  3. No fair that you have warmth! I have had no inspiration to garden as it is so cool. I did do a bit a few weeks back when we had 3 days of warmth. Love Lily-of the-Valley.I have them everywhere, they are so gorgeous and smell nice!

  4. Yep, we share a mutual dislike for gardening! Last weekend I spent my Saturday shouting at my newly planted needy plants asking them why they were dying! My neighbours think I am nuts! But every weekend, I find myself going out there to pull the weeds and tidy it up (probably because I reward myself with an ice cold beer and doritos). Yours is looking great though! You should be proud!


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