Mow the Lawn
Today was one of those days, where each task I worked to accomplished seemed to take twice as long as it should, and was more frustrating than I’d anticipated. I’d had high hopes for my task list today; I was going to accomplish so much!
I can at least say that I started my morning with the sun shining in my eyes from the office window. Here is the Pacific NW, we’ve been surprisingly blessed with gorgeous sunny skies the past few days, and day time temps near 60. It helped me keep my sense of humor somewhat during my tribulations.
So what’s a gardener to do, when stuck inside doing office tasks, on a sunny day, feeling like she’s accomplishing nothing on her list?
I will confess, I’ve become fairly anti-home lawn. I still love the feel of the grass on my feet in the summer, and I enjoy a nicely edged lawn in a garden surrounded by flower beds. But I don’t like the maintenance required, the chemicals so many still use to get that lush green color, or the amount of water wasted on keeping it green during the summer months. For my new construction back yard, my plan is to rip up most of the sod installed by the builder, and instead have planted beds of shrubs, flowers, and edible plants to enjoy year round. If your’re interested in learning more about this type of gardening, you can read my review of Jamie Durie’s ‘Edible Garden Design‘ for some real inspiration!
But for today, I do have a patchy lawn in my back yard, it needed a first of the season mowing, and I needed to feel I’d accomplished at least one thing completely today. So I mowed. I admit to enjoying the smell of the fresh cut grass, the sun shining down, and yes, the buzz of the mower. It always brings back memories of my dad mowing.
But true to my Guilty Gardener habits, I didn’t edge, and I’m letting the clippings stay in place on the lawn. I bet I’m not the only one out there reading this column that does this.
Love to hear your comments and feedback! Share what gardening task you enjoy doing on those frustrating days!
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