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Great garden expectations get real

Small beginnings can become great gardens.
Small beginnings can become great gardens.
Copyright Jaipi Sixbear 2011 All rights reserved

I always wanted a big yard and garden. When we bought this fixer upper house with the huge backyard, I thought I'd died and gone to gardening heaven. I had great expectations for my fantasy yard and garden. I pictured myself whiling away the hours in the backyard, sipping lemonade on my cute little garden bench surrounded by a blooming floral wonderland. I still do. I just know it's going to take longer to get there than I had originally planned. In other words, be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.

Sure, I'm a seasoned gardener.

Unfortunately, it seems my magic wand fell out of my back pocket while I was pulling those gigantic weeds. Or maybe it was the hand tilling, the garden bed construction or the 10 trash runs it took to get rid of the debris. I knew this would be a struggle. Still, it's amazing the extent of work it took just to get my yard off the condemned list.

Time to step back and take a fresh look.

Time to get real in the garden. I will fulfill my great expectations. I just might need a less demanding time frame to do it in. It won't happen overnight. I need to be OK with that. Well, of course, I could fight it. Unfortunately, that won't get the work done, will it?

I have to just plug away in the yard and garden.

That scraggly weedy mess I call a lawn isn't going to scrape and plant itself now is it? Nor can I afford to hire someone to do the job. Surprise, surprise, gardening is a lot of work. Seeing the potential is just the beginning of a long journey. Fortunately, it's journey I love. Unfortunately, it's not the only thing I have to do right now.

Silly me, I forgot I have other priorities.

Getting real in the garden sometimes means you have to work it around your existing schedule. Oh, if only I could spend all my time working on that dream garden. I'd be done in no time. Or at least in a couple years. Yes, it's that bad. As it is though, I have to earn a living and take care of the rest of the house. Sigh....

I guess we'll be planting the garden one corner at a time.

We've already started that raised bed area. The opposite corner is where our above ground pool resides. The pond is coming along nicely too, despite my lack of skills in that area. Well, at least that's three spaces that are fairly well done. As for the rest, my great expectations will have to unfold gradually. I'll tell you a secret, though. That's the way I like it. Slow and steady, just like me.

This article was previously published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.