Getting Back Out in the Garden

The weather in the UK has finally cleared up and warmed up enough for us to get back out into the garden. Hurray!

Today, we have got most of the clearing out and setting up jobs done. Here’s what we achieved:

  • Broke up old rabbit hutch, broken grow houses and storage thingies that were of no use to us.
  • Took these and some other things to the tip.
  • Swept and cleared the paved areas.
  • Rearranged plant pots and tubs that had been randomly plonked down when we moved in 18 months ago.
  • Repotted two trees (eucalyptus and twisted hazel) that were in large tubs that didn’t drain, adding drainage holes and fresh compost.
  • Built the new wooden grow house and cleared a pile of dirt out of the place it now lives.
  • Raked over and removed remaining weeds from the area we did manage to rotavate.
  • Rebuilt the kids’ bike storage tent.
  • Packed everything that was left outside into the shed finally.
  • Emptied waterlogged compost bags onto the veg patch to be rotavated in.

What’s left to do:

  • Rotavate the rest of the veg patch.
  • Weed the herb patch and the pots and tubs.
  • Plant some things out that have been waiting in pots all winter.
  • Rotavate the end of the garden where brambles and weeds have taken over.
  • Plant fruit trees at the end of the garden and surround with grass seed.
  • Sow seeds.
  • Chop up leftover wood from the apple trees we cut down last year.
  • Build a circular seating area with chopped up wood and the mound of earth that remains from the lawn we dug up last year.
  • Sow grass seed on the seating area.
  • Remove horrible plants from the side of the path.
  • Transplant rose bushes from the front garden.
  • Grow vegetables.

I’m pleased with our progress, but there’s still a lot to do. I am excited to get this all done, and I can’t wait to share the pictures of our lovely garden when it’s done. I’m really looking forward to gardening this year, and hopefully we’ll have better weather and a much better harvest than last year. Read more

New Year Goals

I seem to have missed making a resolution last year, but the year before I set myself one New Year’s Resolution, which was to actually do the things I put on my to do list. Two years later and that has become something that I do almost automatically.

This year, rather than set a resolution or try to start a new habit or drop an old one, I decided to set my major goals for the year. So here they are:

  1. Learn to drive – Not being able to drive is becoming a problem for me. It limits my ability to get about, it means a very long walk each day for the school run, and it leaves me stuck in the house a lot of the time. It also leaves my other half to get groceries and drive me places when he has other things he needs to be doing instead. It’s time to sort that out.
  2. Finish my course – I started a home study back in summer, and because of a series of overlapping problems and difficulties, I put off getting started. I have now made a decent start, I want to make sure that it is finished in good time.
  3. Apply for university – The home study course is a prerequisite for the degree I want to do, and I have promised myself that by the end of the year I will have at least submitted my application for the degree program.

It’s going to be a good year. Getting those things done will lead to great new things becoming available for me in my future, and I’m excited about where they may lead me. Read more

5 minute blitz

Ever had one of those days where you feel that no matter how hard you try, there is always more to do, so what’s the point trying? Sometimes stuff just piles up and gets on top of us and we feel that we have no chance to catch up. When your to do list is so long that you can’t face looking at it and you don’t know where to start, it can seem easier to just ignore it all and come back later.

In these situations, we all know that in order to get back on track we have to get up and do it, but finding the motivation to actually get up gets tougher the longer we leave it. We might tell ourselves that we’ve had a bad day, we deserve a break, we can get round to it later, or we’ll do it tomorrow when we feel more motivated. These are all just excuses we use to justify not doing it now, because we don’t feel like we can achieve anything. Read more

New Year’s Resolutions

This year, rather than setting out my usual vague list of goals for the year, I only have one resolution. Just one. And it’s going reasonably well a week into the year.

My resolution this year is simple, measurable, and most importantly, easily achievable in the short term as well as the long term. Good start, right?

My new year’s resolution is to actually do stuff that I put on my to do list.

People who know me well are used to me not getting on with stuff because I’m working on a new organising system, or I’m just making a list first, or I just don’t know where to start, or I’m planning on doing that after such and such a thing has happened at some vague, undefined time in the future. I say things like “yes it’s on my list” and “I’ll get round to it eventually”, and it never actually happens. Read more