The other day, I posted an article on my own blog about 5 gardening predictions for 2013. These predictions included people buying and starting seeds instead of young plants to save costs and more people growing their own food, starting vegetable gardens or expanding on ones they already have.
So while we may be gardening with wildlife in mind, planting insect attracting plants and not using harmful insecticides, I have a few other predictions for this year.
I predict that many gardeners will purchase more plants than they have room for, taking really long lists to the store and then buying even more because they just looked so good in the store. Then when we get back to our homes, we’ll plant all our favorites and leave some in a corner while we find time to make a new bed for them.
We’ll water them for a while but eventually we’ll get lazy and forget the ones in the corner and at the end of the year we’ll find the pile of forgotten pots with dry twigs and we’ll apologize to the empty pots in vain and once again decide that next year will be different.
As the weather warms we’ll try to keep a hold on the weeds but when they get ahead of us again this year, the blame will be on us for getting too busy and lazy even though we’ll try to put it on that new tool that was bought in early march though it may have only made it out once (and did the job just fine).
For a while we will keep to our schedules of refilling the bird feeders, though I expect a few weeks in and they’ll sit the rest of the year empty.
2013 will be another year of note taking, scribbling down notes and plans that, when we look back a month later, we won’t be able to understand!!
At the same time, this year may be the year where we finally decide to replace the lawn when the mower breaks once again and we rush to get it fixed before the neighbors start thinking we have gone crazy.
This year is going to be a good one. In reality, we may do some or even all of these, but at the same time, we’ll enjoy our time gardening, tending our own piece of this earth – be they the size of postage stamps or football fields. I personally believe much will get done in my own garden, though I have been dreaming a little too much.
In a garden, life is always changing and so while we may never get to the point where we are finished, this may be the year where we get very close, and, whether we do or we don’t, the garden will still be a place for relaxation, away from the busyness of work, traffic, and deadlines.
So remember to take some time this year to enjoy the garden, and if we do leave a pot or two in the corner, it’s alright… There’s always next year!!