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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Welcome 2014 -- A Plan of Action

It's hard to believe I've been blogging about the garden I'm creating since 2010.  And now here we are in 2014.

I have to admit I let it slip a bit in the past year.  In my first year of blogging I posted 90 times! That may have over achieving a bit, and the next two years I posted around once a week.

Last year I only posted 35 times!  As I said, I let things slip.  

I think I actually let the gardening slip a bit too.  There were things that probably should have been pruned back to encourage more growth etc. that just didn't get done. Weeds were allowed to take hold where they weren't wanted etc.

I've been lucky enough to have some time off work between Christmas and New Year's and was able to spend a little time doing some clean up in the garden.

I didn't want to completely rip everything out, because I wanted to leave some cover for the birds, and to leave some seed heads standing.  But I got some tasks done like trimming back the milkweed etc.

I find if I do a little bit at a time, those little bits add up and eventually things get done.  This year I'm going to apply that to my gardening too.

Instead of waiting until I have all day to take on a task, I'm going to take a few moments here and there and chip away at the task until it's done.  

I'm hoping that way, the garden will still look nice and I won't be a worn out. sweaty wreck.

It's not actually a New Year's Resolution, more a "Plan of Action" but I think the garden (and I) will benefit.

And along the way, I'll try and make a point of blogging about it on a more regular basis.

Starting with this short little post today.

The island bed looking frosty on Christmas Eve

I wish you all the best for you and your gardens for the coming year. I look forward to seeing your progress.

Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.


Patricia AZ Phillips said...

"I find if I do a little bit at a time, those little bits add up and eventually things get done." I'm with you on that thought especially working in the yard/garden. I would spend 8 hours and be exhausted not wanting to being able to get out there because I overdid it. Of course, leaving for 15 days during our monsoon season left a big job. I'm thinking working smarter not harder will make it more pleasant all the way around. Thanks for sharing this Jayne.

Rock rose said...

It's nice to see your garden with its winter coat. With all the other things you do I don't know how you have the time to garden and blog at all. Happy New Year. I'll be back soon.

Carol said...

Happy New Year, Jayne! My garden looks pretty sad right now. I'm ready for spring already so I can dig in the dirt! Have a great day!

Dorothy Borders said...

I like the look of that island bed in its winter coat. And I like your idea of doing a little bit at a time. That's my strategy as well. Admittedly, things don't get done as quickly as I might like, but I find that if I am persistent, they do get done and I'm learning to tolerate the delays.

Kathleen Scott said...

So much fun to see the changes in your garden. I remember when you dug the beds and put little plants in. Now you have a habitat.

The best to you in 2014