A Look Back on My Year of Gardening

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By Christina

Hello Friends. I’m here today to talk about my gardening. The one I’ve been tackling now for over a year. It has been a wild ride, one that brought many tears. Some thorns literally in my side, blood and so much more than sweat. Is there such a thing? 

When I began gardening, I thought, “How hard could it be?” I mean Martha Stewart makes it look so easy. Doctors recommend gardening for those with severe arthritis, so of course I thought gardening couldn’t be that hard. 

Then I started gardening. 

I would have never guessed that gardening was such a workout. My arms have never been more sore, and I do a lot of weight training. My legs and my back are not very happy with me but then again they never are after an intense leg and back workout. 

If the workout part was a surprise, then the wrestling of overgrown grass and thorny vines was another. As was the trimming of bushes, and yes there is such a thing as trimming too much. I’ve also learned that I can kill machines. Read all about the assassination of my weed eater. 

Throughout the process I’ve learned I hate rose bushes, and I can not kill daffodils or tulips no matter how hard I try.  Like pull the blubs out of the ground type effort. Why would I want to do this? Well, keep reading. 

Whether you’re a seasoned garden skipping through your rows of flowers and veg. If you’re a novice like me, or you’re simply seeking to embrace a more relaxed and mindful approach to living. I’m going to lay out my secrets of simple living, gardening, and living well.

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The first attempt at handling the overgrown grass was at the tail end of the fall. I was waiting on the manufacturer to replace a bum battery for the weed eater. (problem number one). If I had known it was going to take most of the summer and a little bit of the fall to get the weed eater up and running I would have attacked the bushes and wild vines with a machete. But I did not, and so began the wild ride of cleaning up the plot of land. 

 

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At this point, I am guessing you are scratching your head wondering why I’m only using a weed eater and not a lawn mower. This is a good question and one that is going to make you laugh. I would use a lawn mower however, it is not possible on my property. There is a rather large hill, and the grass isn’t mower-friendly it needs a more brutal approach. 

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It took me a total of three months to get the grass and the crazy thorny vines under control. (by the way they are out of control again as I’m writing this  because it seems everything grows like it eats steroids here.) And I killed the weed eater, as you will learn in my previous post I killed the weed eater.

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With the power of gorilla glue, and the willpower of Mcgyver and also a bit of duck tape I managed to salvage the weed eater. The guy worked so hard, that it burned the motor. Not to be deterred by this I managed to do some other things. 

 

I planted some veg and cleared away brush around my dill. I added decorations, not much but it is a start. I even managed to draw a plan on how I wanted the entire garden to look. I cleared out the old birdhouse and created a potting shed. That ended up getting me a blood blister. 

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In the past, I would have gotten over the moon excited about going to the mall and getting something new. Now, I am suddenly overwhelmed with excitement when the weather is good and I can go out and wrestle with the lawn. Though when it is raining all I do is dread what could be growing wild. 

 

Just yesterday, I looked at ¼ of the lawn that I completed before the rain started and I was smiling with such pride. The lawn was so green and so short. Coupled that with a new weed eater and I was on cloud nine.

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That’s right I had to replace my weed eater. I’m waiting on the verdict with from the warranty people, but I can’t wait. I did however manage to buy one cheaper than my other one because I didn’t need to buy a new battery. Thank the heavens.

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In the end

 

I am excited about showing you my progress and trust me when I say that it is a work in progress. But slowly and surely I am making my way through the jungle that is my ½ acre and I’m getting it down. 

I’m excited about the bushes I’ve planted, the herbs I took the time to cry over when they died and I had to start over. I’m over the moon excited to get cooking with the onions and the garlic I’ve put into the ground. 

Most of all I’m super proud of myself for not squealing like a little girl each time I found dirt under my nails or the use of curse words when I messed up my fresh nail polish. All in all, for the first time in my entire life I’m ready and excited for summer. 

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I’m the coffee-addicted creative behind Christina Q. Writes. As a full-time writer and lover of history, I share insights into my crazy wonderful life.  Christina Q. Writes is where I share tips and advice to help you live simply and in the moment, and do it your way. Don’t be afraid to laugh at my mistakes!