Make Time For Your Garden
As the weather warms, it is a great sign that you will need to find time in your schedule to spend time in your garden, getting it ready for the summer season. However, how can you make time for your garden when you already have a full schedule? In essence, you are increasing your workload again and this isn’t always easy. If you’re tired or just can’t find the time, your garden can quickly get out of control, it is then difficult to take back control when the weeds seem to grow really quickly.
The Key To Making Time For Your Garden
The only way you are going to make that adjustment and have the time that you need to include your garden into your routine, is to plan; you need to know where you can find that extra time without being detrimental to all the other tasks, which you need to do each day. Garden plans, or planning your gardening time isn’t difficult if you already plan your day, it is important that you are flexible, it can take time to add in a new routine to your day.
Sometimes, it means that you might need to ask for help from others just to fit all the extra things into your schedule. I used to pay one of my sons to cut the grass at least once a week, that for me was the one area which I was struggling with; I could fit the rest of the gardening into my routine but I couldn’t manage to squeeze in the grass care and this annoyed me so I asked for help.
Now that I don’t work full-time out of the house it makes it easier to fit the garden care routine into my day with just a minor adjustment. The bigger projects that I plan each year, I have to schedule these into my schedule over a few weeks unless I am taking a complete day on one aspect, but I plan this into my week.
With the lighter nights, it makes it easier to fit a small piece of gardening into my day, spending just half an hour in the evening or during the day makes it so much easier to keep on top of the tasks, without neglecting all the other tasks that make up my day.
Try breaking up any tasks that you want to do into small chunks of time, which you can fit into your day. It might mean, if you have young children to get them outside in the fresh air, they can either play or help with the gardening to teach them about plant care. Obviously, it is not possible to cut the grass with little children running around, this chore I bargained with my husband to cook the tea while I cut the grass and it meant he was looking after the kids too.
Other Options To Keep Your Garden In Shape
If you don’t have the time to spend in your garden it is possible to get someone in to do the work for you. If you are considering taking this route, it is important that you get recommendations to ensure the people you hire are competent to do the job that you are hiring them for; sometimes a leaflet through the door isn’t sufficient enough to verify someone to get them to do some work for you.
Before you employ someone, understand how much they are charging for their services and make sure this gets agreed in advance. Be careful if you are on your own, you don’t want to hire someone who is looking to take advantage of your kind nature. If you feel vulnerable, ask a friend to check out the potential company before you accept them to do any work.
Therefore, there are ways in which you can include your gardening into your schedule by breaking the tasks down into half an hour jobs, which you can fit into pockets of time during the day. If this is still unmanageable then hiring help could be the answer to your problems.
The rain hit this morning so I knew it was the perfect time to get some seeds in. It wasn’t in my schedule but I’m happy to reorganise the rest of my week to get the garden back into my week. It’s been neglected for a while. It only took a few minutes to get the seeds in because over the weekend hubby and I had already put compost and manure out planning ahead. If we hadn’t done that I wouldn’t have been able to do the seeds today. I’m so glad I suggested to him we should prepare for the coming change in weather (our autumn is on it’s way but it’s the best time to plant here).
You’re advice to schedule it into your regular calendar is just what I need to do. I’m sure when the weather changes again there will be some other task to fill that spot in the schedule…now to just figure out what those things should be.
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