Do you really have a desire to garden but you never move past go? Don’t have enough time to put the shovel to the soil? Okay, so there’s nothing revolutionary here. To squeeze what you really want to do into an already swamped schedule, one must prioritize. So let’s create an early spring day ritual. Use these still-frosty mornings to change one of your routines that can easily be swapped out for playing in the garden.
Here’s one that half of the breathing population is guilty of - instead of responding to your overnight emails or text messages with your first morning cup of coffee, tea or juice, slip outside to peruse the bird activity around your garden. If your next excuse is that you don’t have a viable plot or enough dirt to create one, then put on your sneaks for a power walk around your neighborhood to see what’s waking up. Discover how someone might be using small spaces to create an outside oasis.
This is the season when the warm weather quickly shifts. Before you know it, it’s a lost opportunity to do the many chores that either make or break your garden’s grand spring entrance. If you program yourself to get out there now, even on frosty mornings, you can swap these extra minutes for a garden ritual. That ½ hour squirreled out of a previous routine becomes your time for putting the shovel to the soil. As Michael Altshuler reminds us, "The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot." If you need some technical spring garden ideas or lists, there are plenty stocked up in the archives. I just want to know that when my plane comes in for a landing, that a good portion of my time was spent inspiring others to garden or I was out there doing it myself!
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Image of early morning April frost by Greg Bilowz