Yesterday, as planned, I sowed seeds in the garden for two kinds of peas, four kinds of radishes, seven varieties of lettuce, three colors of onions, one kind each of turnips, spinach, bok choy and Swiss chard, and three varieties of sweet peas. That’s twenty packets of seeds and one bag of onion sets.
When it was all done, I watered the newly planted areas with my new Haws watering can, then took a picture of Day One in the vegetable garden.
Once inside, I wrote down all I had done in my ten year garden journal and looked back over the entries for the previous years back to 2001.
Last year, I planted the early spring crops on March 16th, and in 2007, I planted on March 17th.
Then I looked for the entry for 2006. I went forward through all of March, and then went back to earlier in March. No entry. Had I forgotten to write down this important rite of spring? Then I started looking past March into April and finally found the entry.
In 2006, I did not plant my early spring vegetables until April 9th.
And in 2005, I didn’t do that much better, waiting until April 3rd to plant.
Apparently in the early and mid 2000’s, there was an Era of Procrastination here at May Dreams Gardens.
I remember it now, how I waited too late to plant, which didn’t give the early spring crops enough cool days to really produce. I was constantly disappointed during this era, in myself and in the plants.
Then in 2007, I found a message written on a 20 year old packet of peas, and realized that the problem wasn’t the plants, it was me.
I was clearly suffering from Gardener’s Acquired Procrastination (GAP). I was letting excuses like cold and rain, too busy at work, and ‘just not ready’ keep me from planting early enough.
No more! I’ve learned my lesson. They’ll be no more gaps in my garden harvest created by GAP. Everything will be planted on time.
I remind myself that…
Spring days come but once a year. When there are good spring days, I need to take advantage of them and get out there and plant. Yesterday was sunny and in the low 70's, the perfect day to sow seeds.
A lot can be done in small amounts of time. Even if I have just 30 minutes, I try to prune a shrub or two, pull some weeds, or sow some seeds. It took me just an hour or so last night to sow all those seeds.
Preparation is important. Properly made and cared for raised beds can be planted early in the spring with very little preparation. Yesterday I just raked the beds smooth, pulled a few bits of henbit, and I was ready to plant.
Planning ahead helps. Is there ever enough time on a sunny day to do everything we want to do in the garden? I try to plan ahead on what I want to do, to be ready when the time comes. Then I don't have to do a lot of thinking about what I'm going to do while the sun is shining. I can just garden. The evening before I sowed seeds for this year's spring crops, I made up all the plant labels and pulled out the seed packets I needed and put that all in a basket, ready to take out to the garden the next evening.
It’s been three years since the end of the Era of Procrastination. It’s too soon to know what to call this current era, but it feels very positive. Before I know it, I’ll be making a fresh radish sandwich, eating fresh lettuce from the garden, and sampling the first ripe peas.