Gardens should delight us, teach us, lift us up, and bring joy to our lives.
Gardens should not burden us, weigh us down, or sap joy from our lives.
Of course, there are times, like the entire growing season, when our gardens require our time and attention for planting, trimming, weeding, and watering. But if all that is a burden? Well, then, perhaps it is time to re-think your garden.
You can reduce your garden burden by making the garden smaller, hiring help, or changing out fussy plants for those that need less fussing.
You can't do it overnight. But you can do it gradually, eventually.
Figure out what is causing the extra weight, what is the most burdensome, and plant by plant, do what you can to reduce the weight, ease the burden, until you have a garden you can once again carry and enjoy.
Because gardens should not be a burden.