March 19, 2013

Brain Freeze

Do you ever feel so overwhelmed you completely stall out and just can't go forward?

I have felt like that the past few weeks. I have SO MUCH to do in all aspects of my life that I just can't seem to get my act together because I don't know where to start. Which is really weird for me, the queen of spreadsheets and getting things done.

I have so much to do in the garden, my house needs so much cleaning, I have so many library books to read before they are due, so much knitting on the shawl that needs to be done...

And lately I consider my days a success when I can just get school done and feed everyone three meals. Ugh.

So, yesterday I sat down and made a big list of everything that needs to get done for the garden this year. It's a long list...

And then at nap time I put everyone in their beds, grabbed my gloves and went outside to get started. I figured if I could just pull a few weeds then I would be at least a little step ahead.

Well, that was the little kick I needed, at least for yesterday. I got the left side flower bed completely weeded, mostly mulched with compost and planted a third tomato.

I also set up two trellises that will hold melons this year.

Is it just me, or is a bed covered in compost really pretty?

I've been so frustrated at not having enough room for all the things I want to grow, and then it hit me: If I can't grow out, grow up! I've been doing lots of research on growing melons and squash on trellises and I think I have a pretty good idea of how to do it. Just attach to the trellis as the vine grows, and make sure to support the fruit with a fabric hammock so they don't break off. I'm pretty excited about this new experiment.

Ben also had the idea to make boxes that we could hang on the fence, covered with lattice, and grow things through the holes of the lattice, like lettuces and spinach and such. That would also give us a lot of space.

And then last night I grabbed a dust rag (in a fit of my-house-is-so-stinking-dirty rage) and got the house dusted after the kids went to bed.

I think I might be getting past the stall out. I hope.

Happy Tuesday!


Farm Girl said...

Isn't it funny how the hardest thing is just getting started? I was feeling the same way yesterday and once I got my house cleaned and the laundry put away I felt pretty good. I think there will always be to do lists longer than your arm in the spring.
You did a ton of work in the flower bed. It looks really good.
Well I hope you have some time to just sit and get caught up on your knitting now.

Kessie said...

I'm feeling the same way. We've made a start, but there's still such a long way to go.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Yes, yes, yes and yes....I completely hear you! This month has been craziness and all I can think about is how much I have to do. I need to get ahead now so when planting season arrives I can devote my days to the garden. Love the trellis idea as well as Ben's box idea. We {er..Jay} made raised shallow beds for my loose leaf lettuce so I can grow things under the bed and maximize the space. Works out great. Love your new header! :)

sunnybunny said...

I agree. Getting started IS the hardest part, usually. :) Beautiful compost, BTW! I'm also a fan of freshly composted gardens and flower beds. ;)
Clever ideas for growing melons, too! I had never thought of a fruit "hammock" before, but it makes perfect sense!

Allison said...

Definitely been there done that!Ick.It is amazing how fast a daunting list gets done once I kick my butt in gear, too. I can be so ridiculous. I've been having to get that writing done for two weeks now, and this morning I woke up and said to myself: this is the day. Get up and do it. Do it or die! And I got up, and did it. Granted I was in my pj pants all day - even when I cleaned the house - but I got that writing done, AND some curtains hemmed, AND cleaned a room or two. And to boot, I just went running. When it rains it pours!!!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I wish I could just make a list. I have the worse time with organization. The garden is looking good. There are also lots of vertical gardens on pinterest.

Katharine Blair said...

Some of my best cleaning is done in a rage! I'm envious of your plans to grow melons. Our growing season is just too short.

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