When I was working in a normal office and had a staff, I hated goal setting. My goal was always to get thru the week without making some terrible mistake that cost someone pay or PTO, or lost the company $10,000. For most of my staff, setting goals was a total waste of time. They did their jobs well, showed up every day with enthusiasm and were the hardest working group I have ever known. Goals seemed superfluous at best.
But in the garden? It's a totally different thing. All winter i think about things i want to change or improve. Some years there are lots of things, or big things, and some years they are not so hard... but each will make my garden better. I see them as projects, but they really are goals, too.
So the top
three four for this year:
1) Convert the xeri-garden into a veggie garden. I really loved the idea when I first started the xeri-garden, but it just hasn't worked out the way I hoped. It appears to be too wet for most of the xeri-plants and, tho I have replaced them annually and tried new things, i still have way more weeds than plants. And, to make things worse, the soil has packed down and i need to put 4-6 additional inches on top. Was going to wait until retirement for a bigger veggie garden, but this will definitely be the big project for the spring.
2) Divide the iris in the fish pond and clean up the lily pond. I love the iris, but they are way overgrown. Will have to hack the whole bunch apart and destroy the container and then move about half of it into a new container and move the rest to the lily pond.
The lily pond has not even been cleaned for two years, so that's where I will need to start. Then add more iris and clean up the pot of water lilies. This should be an easy, if wet, project.
3) Put in a step in front of the shed. This area becomes a swamp when it rains. Since i am constantly in and out of the shed, the grass doesn't grow well and what does grow seems to interfere with the door opening smoothly. A simple fix, but definitely needs to be done.
4) Turn over the compost pile. A big job this year. It's been at least two years since it was done and I have days' worth of small branches and woody stuff to shred before I can tackle the soft stuff. Probably will take several months to get it done, but worth the work.
|Everything on the left needs to be chopped up, then everything on the right flipped over to the left until I get down to "good dirt".|
So goals for summer 2013 are all set. Let's see how it goes.