The Ugly Part Of Gardening

There are some aspects of gardening that while necessary, indeed essential, will always be the ugly part of gardening – these are the chores we like least, give little or no pleasure – but if we do them in a timely manner will make our gardening easier and more successful.

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In summary, they are weeding, cleaning our garden tools, tidying up the back yard shed where tools and machinery (e.g. mowers), fixing irrigation systems.

It is much more fun and greater pleasure to plant a bed of annuals or to add in another rose bush – or to pick an apple off our fruit tree and so on handmade weed pipes.

However, these tasks are easier to do – if we have built a compost heap, if our secateurs are clean and sharp, if our spades are not rusty and blunt and our water will be well used in all leaky faucets and piping is fixed.

We all hate weeding – and often put it off hoping they will die – yeah right – have you noticed that they survive even the worst drought – and when all our other plants have given up and withered away!

Weeding is less a chore if you mulch well in the first place – indeed can even be eliminated if properly and sufficiently applied. Spot or touching weeds with a glyphosate as soon as they appear is also a good tactic and not onerous. They will be only tiny and can just rot away without spoiling the look of your garden bed.

Some people feel that tilling the soil is essential and it is not an easy or fun chore – especially if you have a big garden. Don’t despair – it doesn’t have to be done!

If you have well mulched and added in good compost over time, your soil will be nice and friable and doesn’t need digging over.

Pruning can be a pain too – but it is worse if you leave it until the ivy or creeper is well out of control and taking over wherever it is growing.

One activity that can make some of these chores more pleasant is to regularly just take a stroll around the garden – e.g. early evening. Carry a pair of secateurs in one hand and a drink in the other and just wander around – snipping off a dead rose here and there, pulling off some of the infected leaves on a rose bush, snipping off a bit of creeper that has wandered where it shouldn’t, pulling up an odd weed or two and so on. It doesn’t matter if you don’t do all of the issues you see – gradually they will get done.

The key is to not make it a big deal – but if done regularly – you will be surprised how your control is effective without great effort – and you will be getting outside and enjoying the ambiance of your garden.

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