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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 . . .
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5 comments

  1. Wow...no 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.

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  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.

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  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!

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  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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