by Charlene Burgi
Last week’s blog touched on knowing what to do in the garden. With that knowledge, we can move forward by creating a list of tasks in order to prepare the garden for spring.
Did I hit on a nerve by suggesting that knowledge can require action? Our busy schedules don’t need another thing to do unless it is something we find pleasure in pursuing. And let’s face it, many of us don’t find pleasure in double digging the soil, turning a compost pile, or hand weeding if we don’t sheet mulch.
One reader this past week shared that he made out a list of things to do in the garden and employed help to work alongside him and his wife. What a great idea! It goes with the adage that many hands make light work. Mike’s comment got me thinking.
I grew up with the principle that everyone gathered together to tackle large jobs. Friends and family would gather to pour concrete, build a deck or paint the house. We had fun doing whatever task was at hand. In fact, one year my sister and I along with our children and grandchildren converged at my Mom’s house for her birthday. We pulled weeds, put in a vegetable garden, adjusted the irrigation system, filled in vacant spots with new plants and freshened up the mulch. I remember a policeman stopped his car and watched us work for a few minutes. He then commented how refreshing it was to see a family working together and having such fun.
Years ago we sold Christmas trees. A customer shared that she hated decorating her Christmas tree alone every year, so she planned an annual Christmas tree decorating party with her friends. The party continued to grow with each year. What a concept! Tasks or chores seem to melt away into pleasurable moments when we are sharing our time with good friends.
Let’s face it, it might be raining right now, but the checklist for the garden still remains. Would you think I was crazy if I suggested you might consider adding to that list? Let it grow to include good food, good friends and good times. Invite your friends and family to a day of fun in the sun. Provide sunscreen and have extra gardening gloves and trowels on hand. Ask guests to wear their grubbies, offer a prize for the most creative sun hat or conjure up a marathon of chores and break into teams. This could be an annual event that takes the drudgery out of your chores and could catch on like wildfire! You might find invitations coming back to you to share in the fun helping other friends and family. This could be the start of a wholesome new tread!
Maybe this was the origin of, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”