Across the Nation and around the world, a ‘day in the life’ is recorded. Published in a photo journalism style, a series of books capture diverse cultural people places and events. Intrigued by the idea, a day in my gardening life is recorded.
Selecting a Monday, I start the day by loading my gardening golf cart with landscape garden supplies. As the present-day caretaker for a generational family property, I decide to begin my day with clean up the entrance to this property.
After removing weeds from the entrance landscaping, I cut grass. Then, decide to step into the County right-of-way area. Why? If I don’t clean up this area too, it could be weeks if not months before publically funded clean up occurs. So, I pick up trash, remove weeds and again cut grass.
Next, I travel down our private road and trim a few overhanging branches but otherwise, this area is maintain. Stopping at an intersection, I remove weeds from the landscape and cut grass. But there is a difference, the area is not litter – within the complex residents make an effort to not litter their community.
After taking a break, I inspect the veggie garden areas. The cool season veggie garden is moving forward with excellent growth. The slow to warm and frequent rain spring season has created optimal veggie production. Nevertheless, the exact same conditions are prohibiting growth of warm season crops. While most of these crops have at least broken ground, it appears some of the areas will require a second planting.
Next, I inspect the flower and formal garden landscapes. Due to frequent rain and mild spring, shrubs and trees are lush with growth. In fact, both my Knock Out Roses and David Austin Roses are beautiful to behold. Frequent rains have extended the opportunity to divide and replant all types of plant material. And, in fact, I keep waiting for the ‘other shoe to fall’ – excessive heat that has been the experience of a Central Virginia climate change.
Stopping to chat with a neighbor, we exchange gardening experiences; and when the grandkids arrive home from school, they are included in an inspection of community gardening projects.
So, specific to my ‘day in the life of a gardener’ what life lessons are identified? Accept eco accountability for both personal and public space, be aware of the impact of climate change on your gardening areas, solicit advice and share experiences with others; and perhaps, more importantly, include children – they are the next generation of gardeners. For, as gardeners, we can make a difference. If you were to record a ‘day in your life’, what would you identify?
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