I’m ready! The weather isn’t. Here in Maryland, winter was quite mild and I expected that I would be able to plant earlier. WRONG! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I know that when gardening patience is key.
I have my nursery tomatoes ready to go, but I keep having to bring them in at night; and I have eggplant, broccoli and beet seedlings marinating in the Jiffy greenhouse with nowhere to go (yet). I haven’t even bothered tilling the soil yet because we are still not out of frost danger. I did say patience is key, right?
In all honesty, this finicky weather is actually a good thing. It is giving me time to better prepare. I’ve been able to consider soil amendments and look into what to use and where to get it. I have been able to price supplies that I otherwise would have just gone to whatever store and made a purchase. I have even been able to allow my 4-year-old to be more active in the care of the plants/seedlings.
Waiting on more consistent temperatures and precipitation is also giving me an opportunity to change the situation of my garden plot as I watch the shading of the nearby trees and the amount of sun certain areas are getting. And best of all… it gives my body more time to adjust to all the allergens, time for my body to store up some of these antihistamines to better shield me from the nature that disagrees with my physiology.
Take time in your gardening, take time to watch your garden and care for it. Don’t rush the seasons, and find ways to maximize your delays. Use them as chances to make improvements or introspection. Think on how to better discourage pests or weeds. See how you can apply gardening practices to your own life or lifestyle.
Don’t let impatience ruin a great season, nor your will to plant. Patience is key.