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A Little Bit Every Day

IMG_3361Some folks say the way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. I say the way to tackle anything is “a little bit every day,” and my garden is no exception. When considered all at once in its entirety, it feels like an elephant. When viewed as little bits of a whole, it becomes possible! Today’s little bit was the mailbox garden.

Planted with pansies last fall, it is now an optimistic “have a nice day” as I leave in the morning and a cheery “hello” each afternoon when I return home from work. However, it has begun to sport some “volunteers,” those pesky, uninvited garden weeds. The pine straw has fallen onto the curbing and is thin in places. I have a large hole in the garden left from last year’s Marguerite daisies as well as some space for which I didn’t have enough plants. This garden is small and manageable, and weeding it is the perfect “little bit” for a spare 30 minutes in the garden.

With my trusty garden weeder, I was able to quickly remove the weeds. Most were still small, and the ground was moist from rain earlier in the week. Lucky for me! It made weed-pulling somewhat easy, though my back was giving its usual early spring protest! I put the weeds in a medium-sized bucket to carry to the compost pile when I was done. Within a few minutes, the weeds were pulled and a few leftovers from last year’s Coreopsis were removed. I tidied the pine straw, pulling it back onto the bed. I made a mental note to refresh the straw in the next “little bit.” I really need an edging here because the soil is a good 3 inches higher than the curb, but that will have to be yet another day’s “little bit.”

On the way to the compost pile, I was distracted by my stump garden. I spent a few more minutes with my trusty garden weeder, removing unwanted plants. I even removed a volunteer red cedar! (If I had left that there, it would have become a tree in several years!) And then I got distracted by the cilantro volunteers that just begged to be included in the evening’s supper…

So, the weeds did make it to the compost pile, eventually! After a few pictures I just had to take, a little marveling that had to be done! Ahh! The perfect “little bit” of garden therapy after a day at the office!


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About sdorn

Sheri is the State Coordinator for the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Program and Extension Specialist for Consumer Ornamentals. When she is not traveling about the state of Georgia admiring the work of Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, she spends time in her own (real and virtual) gardens.