We must cultivate our own garden. ~ Voltaire.
This is my favorite time of year!
The frenzy of Christmas is behind me, the kids are flush with new books and things to play with from Christmas, Husband has time at home and a new year, a fresh start, is on the horizon.
It’s like pressing pause on life for a few days. I can reflect on the year that was, and look forward to one ahead.
Mercifully, it has been delightfully cool in my part of the planet, which thrills me no end. I know the heat will hit, but for now, it’s so lovely to be able to spend all day in the garden without roasting.
The last week I have cleaned out my greenhouse, the engine of my garden.
I’ve used Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method in my home and loved the process and result, so I’m applying the same sensibility to the greenhouse.
When I found the acid-yellow glazed rhinoceros pot and asked myself “Does this spark joy?” the answer was no. I thought it was hilariously kitsch, until Husband remarked that his expression was one of constipation. I think you’ll agree he’s right…
Bye-bye-bound-rhino! Ditto to a hoard of junk I had salvaged from the house “just in case” and a bunch of broken pots, boxes, and assorted brick-a-brack.
I know I’m not the only person looking forward to 2017. Without a doubt, 2016 was weird, for many reasons.
While 2016 was a good year for us, with the long waited home renovations completed and a holiday in New York, it was also the year I spent hardly any time in the garden. But importantly, I discovered how much I missed it.
I realized one of the best parts of growth and change is the release that comes from letting go of things that no longer serve you, so you can fully embrace the things that do. Bit of a revelation for a
hoarder collector like me!
It’s this time of year that I usually sit down and contemplate all the changes I want make for the coming year.
Not resolutions per se, rather seeds to plant now, to harvest later. Tomatoes aren’t that different from life-goals, right?
I tend to be a bit of a slow moving beast, but surprised even myself with our renovations this year. We renovated our entire home, top to bottom in little over 10 weeks.
Hail to the power of a list and an unshakeable commitment to just get it all done!
I don’t usually prioritize time in the garden, it is usually the task that gets squished in and around bursts of fits and starts. Which also means I didn’t have a real measure of failure (or success) for the garden. I planted sporadically, posted sporadically and have a pretty patchy, haphazard garden (and blog) to show for it.
If we had approached our home renovation in the same way I have typically approached my garden, I would still be surrounded by blush pink laminate, chipped tiles, and saggy ceilings.
Taking time away from the garden (and A Farm of Your Home Blog) gave me a perspective I didn’t have before. I have a clearer idea of what I want from the garden, but I need to get it all down on paper. Give all my ideas a place to become a plan, with structure and tasks and deadlines…
But I realised I was getting a bit ahead of myself. So I created myself a Garden Goals worksheet. I made one for you too, and when you sign up for my newsletter, it’s yours free to download. (If you’re already a subscriber, check your email, you already have it!)
I’m taking a broad strokes approach here, I just want to make a list. What do I want from my Garden? What Works? What needs fixing? I’ll share my plans with you next post.
The aim is to just create the goal, the vision. A place to start. In the coming weeks, I will flesh out the goals into concrete, actionable tasks with deadlines and get them done. (With more worksheets to come!)
Enjoy your last day of the year, farewell 2016! I look forward to seeing you in 2017. This evening, I’m going to hang out on the deck with my new friends, Maggie and Piper…
What about you? Any garden plans for the new year?