I cherish a day when I can take my time gardening.
Here's sort of how it goes for me. Early in the morning, my trusty wheelbarrow (same one I've had for 24 years) gets loaded up for the usual tasks. Always a bucket for the weeds I will pull along the way, a shovel, a pitchfork (for adding kitchen cuttings and turning the compost) and, another bucket for sticks and moss I’ll collect off the ground as I go. For certain the pruning shears and the loppers for whatever might need a trim as I pass by. Of course, hand clippers are always available--wedged into my back pocket.
my ideal gardening day the weather starts out somewhere in the 40’s or 50’s as the sun comes up. If it warms up to the high 60’s and doesn’t make it into the 70’s then it really counts as my favorite kind of gardening day. The air is cool with just enough of a breeze to refresh me as I move about from place to place.
These are conditions I can only dream of in the summer but right now, I am soaking up the dry air and lower temps and milking them for all they're worth. Which is what sparks my thinking on this "best gardening day" subject. Because let me tell you, I'll be wondering where these days went in a few short weeks. Oh, I almost lost my train of thought. Back to bliss while I can remember it...
Most importantly on my "dream gardening day" – I am relaxed.
I take in the moments. I’m not in a hurry. I 'feel the garden' in a way that centers my soul as I go. I breathe in the glory of every nook and cranny. I take notice of each song sung from the birds that make there way to Hoe and Shovel. My creativity flows as I work and savor every step of getting to the finish.
Interestingly, it's taken me a lifetime to grasp the concept of relaxing and fully connecting with the moment. I'm not admitting I have it fully figured out yet. But I'm getting better at it with the passing of time. All my life, I’ve been project driven and pretty much working to get to the next project -- even while working on the present one. So functioning in this new way I am free to discard the list of to-do’s (shudder) … the so-called have-to’s which --after all …I made up myself. There will always be lists and details that must have my attention. But there is so much more joy in not racing to get every task completed in a hurry.
I don’t take my cell phone to the garden. Do you? I like the fact that no one can reach me while I’m in my gardening world. I figure folks (and family) can leave a message which I do check on occasion.
When I experience a "best gardening day" from morning till evening without interruption I'm lost in a beautiful place. It is truly a peaceful yet diligent place. At the end of the day I am inwardly refreshed and outwardly exhausted. My mind gets restored and my heart is renewed and as nerdy as this may sound I am one with God, myself, and my little piece of green earth I feel so blessed to tend.
What could be better? What does your "best gardening day" look like? I think it's interesting to hear what tools you carry about the garden with you at all times? My wheelbarrow makes many trips back and forth from the front to the back sides of my almost-acre garden transporting every necessary accessory. It is my workhorse. What is it you use for toting things about in your garden?