Monday, April 28, 2014

Monday’s garden update and feeling a little overwhelmed


The raised bed is not really sitting at an angle. I accidently created an angle when I snapped the photo.
 
Hello, dear readers. I thought that Monday would be a good day to update you on my gardening progress since I spend most of my time with the plants over the weekend.
 
Broccoli (left) and carrots.
 
  We had a heavy rain Friday afternoon. When I went out to look at the plants on Saturday morning, I was glad to see that nothing had been totally pushed down into the dirt, though I thought the lettuce looked a little waterlogged. I hoped the sunshine we received over the weekend would help it.

Lettuce


The plants had progressed over the three weeks since I planted the seeds and the onion sets.
 
Onions, with radishes on the far side.
 

And I got a nice surprise. I thought all the cucumbers had been killed with the freeze week before last. But I have some green shoots left. I still want to replant some cucumber seeds, though, along with some other vegetables.

I admit that I felt a bit overwhelmed when I saw the growth of the plants. Suddenly, I didn’t just have seeds in the ground that I could watch slowly push up into the light. Suddenly, I had real plants to take care of.
 
Things are growing!
 

My insecurity about my lack of recent gardening experience kicked in, and I thought, what do I do now?

I thinned the radishes, and Larry wondered if I was thinning them too much. I looked at the carrots and wondered if they were too close together. I wondered what I would do if the plants started dying.

Then I reminded myself that I have resources. I have books.

There are many resources on the Internet.

And I have my mother, who was a Master Gardener years ago and could make anything grow. She has retained a vast knowledge, from her studies and from many years of gardening.

I also reminded myself that this first year is an experiment. Larry and I will learn what will grow well, what won’t, what we need to do differently.

It will be OK. Deep breath. Deep breath. Let go of the anxiety.

 

How do you cope with that feeling of being overwhelmed? And for those who garden, what gardening book or books have you found helpful?

 

 

18 comments:

  1. When I feel overwhelmed I try to listen to videos with soft and soothing music, and also being in nature and around animals helps a lot. If we think about it, nature never hurries or feels rushed, yet everything gets done....in its time. Great post, Tina.

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  2. Yes it's the first year and there is always a learning curve. They look lush and green to me and my papaw always told me that's the good early sign :)

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  3. When I'm overwhelmed, I try to focus on something else for awhile. Gardening is all about having fun and relaxing. Don't be too hard on yourself. No one starts this pastime knowing everything. Just enjoy, and you'll learn as you go along.

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  4. you garden is coming along great! be proud of your hard work!

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  5. The only thing we've purchased are pansies. And we didn't even plant those. Now it is cold, rainy and windy. Ba Humbug!

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  6. I'm amazed at the progress of your garden. Don't worry about gardens . Gardens look after themselves...mostly. This year is not an experiment but experience.

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  7. Maybe ask yourself what's the worst that can happen? Gardening is meant to be enjoyable and relaxing; I hope it can be that for you. Everything looks great so far!

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  8. You won't get everything right. And sometimes, even when you do, Mother Nature throws you a curve ball. There's so much to learn, and as I write this I'm about to go outside and fix some of my mistakes, but when you start to harvest the food you've grown, there's not a more heavenly feeling of satisfaction. It's a source of endless fascination for me...and I'm looking at books all the time, though I really can't recommend any since mine are focused on my particular climate.

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  9. You will be thrilled! I'm so impressed. It's so cold here that I can't put anything in except lettuce and peas. I have some small starter seeds going in the house, but that's about it. The rest of the week is supposed to be cold and rainy. I'm wondering what happened to spring. It's almost May!

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  10. your garden is doing really well! i think you'll manage just fine! :)

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  11. Brilliant!!! Your garden is Happy making.
    I'm thinkin' the Universe knows exactly how to grow stuff . . Especially gardens of all sorts - -
    So, as long as you keep breathin' - it's all gonna be all right.

    Thanks for the view. Lovely.

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  12. No one ever said a garden has to be perfect! Just do what you can, and I'm sure your plants will do their best to thrive.

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  13. i have never had a big vegtable garden, flower gardens are a different story. my experience with vegtable gardens, is that the stuff grows like weeds. i find they need water, water, water. i never prune, seperate or really tend to my plants and they always produce more then i can eat!!

    have fun, you will figure it out. and for me, i rarely read a book, i google EVERYTHING!!!

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  14. No garden ever is perfect. When you plant, you know that something won't work this year, and you will likely learn something you will use in the following years. It is always a work in progress, and every year is different because of weather, soil, the plants/ seeds you use, etc. So we have to just go with it and remember we plant a garden for the joy and ADVENTURE we have doing so. There is no prize for best or least or biggest or smallest. We do it because when we grow something, we grow, too. Your garden looks wonderful!!!!! And the garden you plant next year will be different than this one because of what you learn. Are you keeping a journal so you can jot down what is working/ when you thin/ plant/ replant/ weather conditions, etc? I try to keep one, and am usually behind, but the info is always so useful the following spring when we begin planning again.Don't forget that people at the Nurseries where you buy plants are a wealth of information. You can usually take in a leaf off of a sick or dying plant and they can help diagnose what you need to do for it. Most important of all, ENJOY your garden and your time in it...

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  15. Your garden is beautiful, Tina! You have nothing to worry about, and I am inspired by your beautiful, meticulous work!

    Lisa

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  16. Your garden looks awesome. And the plants look happy and healthy. I think you did everything right so far! :) And you'll definitely gain more knowledge with time. But I'm sure you'll have lots of wonderful veggies to enjoy this year. What helps me dealing with it when I feel overwhelmed is trying to see the postive things in the moment. My landlords are pros in gardening. Every year we have so many different veggies and fruits - I sure hope I'll be able to learn some gardening from them :)

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  17. this is exciting to see the growth...I see no weeds :-)

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