It is that time of year to be overwhelmed by gardening. Green life is bursting forth everywhere! You can almost sense the growth and activity in the air. We see the tenacity of nature and green growing plants. It is truly an exciting and alive time to be outside. But and there is a big but…. Weeds are growing everywhere. They almost grow perceptively overnight. So it is very easy to be overwhelmed by gardening this time of year!!
Hints to Tackle Being Overwhelmed by Gardening
I have a few hints to share with you about being overwhelmed by gardening.
- Take things a step at a time.
- Don’t look at the whole garden at once.
- Plan small projects like weeding a 2 x 2 ft area.
- Use a timer–give yourself 15-20 minutes to work on one small part and then take a break. (Check out my post on how my father taught me to take a break , be mindful and appreciative in the garden.)
- Use mulch, compost or leaves on top of newspaper to keep the weeds down.
- Use a weed barrier cloth.
Using Mulch or a Weed Barrier Cloth
I have had good results with these methods, particularly using newspaper with mulch on top. The newspaper eventually deteriorates into the soil. It is time consuming to put it all down. I have used weed barrier cloth with good results but there are discussions on the internet that it is not so good. Sometimes in the springtime I feel so discouraged I want to cover my whole garden with a weed barrier and take a year off. But I don’t do that. I stick it out, working and working and things get better.
Check Out How My Weed Barrier Cloth Worked
Last year I used a weed barrier cloth where I planted tomatoes and peppers. The cloth kept the weeds at bay quite nicely. This year the weeds grew in the open areas of the weed cloth where the tomatoes and peppers were planted the year before. This photo is quite dramatic showing the weeds in the areas where the weed cloth barrier was cut out. These weeds are actually chickweed which is edible and makes a nice addition to a wild green salad. Notice no weeds where the weed barrier is intact.
Don’t lose hope when you are overwhelmed by gardening. Keep at it and it will get better as the season goes on. And use whatever barriers you can to keep the weeds down.