Spring is such an exciting time of year!! Its easy to get swept up in the excitement of spring. BUT one thing I say over and over to new gardners, do NOT get overwhelmed. Take things one day at a time.
There is a lot of possible things to do in our gardens, but luckily we only need to focus on where we are most exited.
The first thing I suggest to new gardners is to make a list of the veggies you are MOST excited to grow. Then only focus on those things.
Second, carve out TIME to focus on your garden. Set aside time each week to not only step into your garden and notice what is different, but to also get your hands dirty and spend some time working.
Since it is currently early April and I know I'm most excited about peas and greens, I took care of them first. Only once I finished planting them did I even take a look at the rest of the items on the list.
For me, my focused will then shift to getting beets and carrots in the ground. Again, I will ignored all other tasks so that I would not overwhelm myself.
Once those are done, I'd decide what is next.
We live in a day and age where we are constantly bombarded by ALL the THINGS in social media, in our email inboxes, on tv. The garden is a place to step back and realign yourself.
Stop trying to focus on it all. Choose the item you want to accomplish and allow that it will take some time. Only once it is done do you shift focus. Or rather, take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Even while we plant, its important to listen to the spring birds, notice the sky and how it is changing throughout the day.
Gardening should not just be a list of tasks, its an opportunity to experience timelessness.
Interested in learning more? We are hosting a 6 part gardening series for only $40. Space is limited so register here for the entire 6 part series which started on March 22nd, but you are welcome to join late. Pre-registration required, scholarships are available. Our next class is April 12th from 6:15-7:30 pm and is about plant propagation and timing.
About Lanie: She is a weaver, healer and farmer located in Sweet Valley PA. She grew up organic gardening in upstate NY and continued the legacy of growing her own food once she finished college. After 20 years as a wildlife biologist working on wind farms in NY and PA, she now has a healing practice in Dallas, PA. As part of Our Sustainable Family, she has a craft weaving business as well as offers workshops on gardening, nature connection and healing.