I’m beginning to think that I need to keep better records.
Not of the seeds I have or where they’re planned to be in the garden or how much is harvested. No, I’ve gotten pretty good at keeping those records.
What I’m not good at tracking is how much time it actually takes to complete a given garden project.
I have a horrible time guesstimating how long it will take to weed an area or plot it out or plant it out.
Case in point:
Saturday was spent in town running errands, tying up loose ends and enjoying some time with a few friends. While in town, we decided to stop by the urban farm, chat with our renters, assess what still needs to be done to the yard, grab some soil from the backyard (the old chicken run is rich with black gold), and pull out some perennials to transplant on our new property.
We got home late and fried from the day, so made a plan to transplant everything on Sunday.
So, when I got up yesterday (later than usual or intended, but apparently needed), I set out to get the waiting strawberries, rhubarb, echinacea, and hops into the ground in our side yard, thinking it would take an hour or two. The plan was then to move on to the big garden for a couple of hours and then call it a day around 1:00 to allow for some down time and self-care before the busy work-week ahead.
Well, six hours later I was still in the side yard.
And really, the last bit of time was spent rushing around cleaning everything up because there was a very promising storm moving in that actually only brought about seven rain drops, a ton of wind and one gorgeous rainbow.
Now, a little of that time was spent eating breakfast and playing with Sprout, but I’d still guess that a good five hours (with help from Kim) was put into that little patch of land!
So, what did we do in all that time?
We weeded, moved rocks, cut out Elm trees, trimmed back bushes, amended the soil, planted a few echinacea seeds and transplanted 50 (fifty!) strawberries, six rhubarb crowns, two echinacea plants, and six hops.
But do you see what I’m talking about? Here I was thinking this little project would take a max of two hours, but it took three times longer than that! Geez…
On the bright side, it’s all in and adapting (hopefully happily) and will (hopefully) produce gobs and gobs of beautiful deliciousness down the road 🙂
Another bright spot? Our very first harvest of the year: Rhubarb!
One pound, two ounces of gorgeous, tasty, rhubarb…harvested before pulling the crowns out of the ground on Saturday to (hopefully, again) lessen the stress of the move.
So, even though the project took me longer than I thought it would (and I really should figure out a way to track such things…any ideas?), I’m happy with what was done and excited to have some food growing in the ground.
And all those other projects we need to get to will get done, too…just probably not as quickly I think they will 😉
Happy Monday, everyone! Wishing you a marvelous week ahead!
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