I usually find gardening meditative. Pulling weeds, digging my hands into the dirt – all these things calm me and help me focus on things other than the stresses of life. But the work required to tame the jungle that is our new garden has been anything but soothing.
Whenever there is a clear evening where I’m home while it’s still light out, I put on my gardening gloves and head out to tackle another area of the yard. Years of neglect mean that the most aggressive weeds have survived and thrived and I’m losing the battle.
So this week, I decided that I needed one area of the yard that is DONE.
I filled three big paper yard waste bags with weeds, lined up the stones that had migrated around the area, and put down a healthy layer of mulch to prevent more weeds from popping up.
I can’t tell you how therapeutic it is to have one area DONE, complete. Even though there will surely be more work in this area it feels fantastic to know that I can build upon this and tackle additional spots around the yard in this way.
What do you do when the work in your garden overwhelms you?