Myth two - Gardening is easy – sow the seeds in a row, watch em grow.
Nature abhors a vacuum. Well I’ve been tempted to take mine out into the garden and suck the weeds up. Those nice neat cultivated rows full of perfect vegetables you see in Beatrix Potter’s gardens are simply not achievable. Not in my backyard. The old saying, one year’s seeding is seven years weeding. Did anyone ever do the maths on our property? No one weeded for at least ten years, and for each of those years it’s another seven, I’m looking at well beyond my own lifespan to get it back into manageable proportions.
One of my favourite pass times while weeding is to think about which weed I hate most, to prioritise my hit list. It’s not a pass time I ever get sick of, I’m not sure that life is long enough to sufficiently hate yarrow.
The thing is I’m never able to give up on my romantic ideal of this perfect garden and for small spaces in time I even manage to achieve it, then it’s a couple of weekends in a row doing something other than pulling weeds and it’s out of control and the only thing left to do is slink past the conquered rows or set fire to them.
Keeping on top of your garden is not easy.
Tomorrow - Myth three - Sustainability is easy.