My garden is full of them, and I’ll bet yours is, too. Generally, only you can see them in your garden until you tell others about them. Then they see them and nod in agreement realizing that they have them in their garden, too.
We should talk about them, because as Spring gets closer, there might be an opportunity to tend to them, and maybe even remove a few of them from the garden to make room for others because we always have them.
Some of mine have been in my garden for years. Others just arrived in the last few years or showed up over the winter.
You won’t find a lot of books about taking care of them. You know deep down inside how to do it. You just need to do it.
“Them” are our “good intentions”, and I’ve got a lot of them, enough to give them names!
“One of these days” is my good intention that one of these days I’ll actually dig out the grass along the side of fence in the backyard to make a nice big planting area. I’ve thought about it, blogged about it, even gotten an estimate to see if someone would do it for me. Well “one of these days” just might be taken care of this spring. One of these days, you might read a blog post about it actually happening.
“I ought to” is my good intention that someday I ought to plant some blueberries and raspberries. I think I’ll have more success with raspberries than blueberries, and I’ve got a good spot for them. I did try blueberries once, planting some tiny little plants, then side dressing them with sulfur and coffee grounds to increase the acidity of the soil. Then in the winter, the rabbits proceeded to eat quite a bit of them, so I had to put wire cages around them. They never were vigorous enough to recover, and sadly, they died. I ought to give blueberries another try. (After all, plant in three’s can also mean “try three times” before you give up on a plant.)
“I keep meaning to” is my good intention to do more with roses. There are so many good roses to plant these days, roses that don’t need all that molly coddling like the hybrid teas my Dad messed with back in the day. In fact, Dee from Red Dirt Ramblings sent me a list of roses she thought would do well in my USDA Zone 5 garden. I keep meaning to look at that list and see if I can find some of those roses either locally or through mail order.
“This year” might be the biggest intention of all in my garden. This year I’ve got a lot of plans swirling around in my head. One of these days I ought to put those ideas on paper. I keep meaning to.
Yes, there’s no time like now to take care of the good intentions I have for my garden this year. One of these days is here, I ought to, I keep meaning to, I will!
(Yes, you can also have them in other aspects of your life, at home, at work... they are everywhere and can be overwhelming if you dwell on them too much. Just take care of a few of them now, and you'll be surprised at how good you get at taking care of them, wherever and whatever they are!)