Please welcome Jennifer Benner, co-author with Stephanie Cohen of The Nonstop Garden, published by Timber Press. Jennifer has a horticulture degree from The Ohio State University and is a former associate editor at Fine Gardening magazine. She and her husband, Brent, live in northwest Connecticut.
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Is it just me, or is it human nature to wait until the last minute to finally begin tackling a project? I like to think I’m not alone. It seems as though I’m constantly attempting to juggle lots of projects at once, letting a few hit the ground while keeping the most urgent ones going. Unfortunately, one of the ones that hit the ground this season is my garden. With a house addition in the works, my enthusiasm has been about as exciting as a deflated balloon. Many of my plantings are in the line of fire, so the weeds are ahead of me by a mile. I reluctantly concluded “What’s the point?,” since an excavator will be digging up the area to eventually make way for the new foundation later this year.
One project I do wish I had started earlier, however, is rescuing the kids. My diminished motivation (and morning sickness) has put me behind the eight ball in my efforts to get my plants to a safe zone. I should have started at least a month ago, but here I am five months pregnant, and finally dusting off my spade. Better late than never I suppose. My plan is to pot up as many kids as I can to maximize space and commandeer part of my kitchen garden to use as a holding area.
As the rescue mission has gotten underway, I can feel the wind once again filling my gardening sails. I’m actually now excited about being forced to start over, fixing all those wrongs that have forever called to me to make them right. I can’t wait to make heads or tails out of the jumble of plants that have been residing in what I have come to call the giveaway bed—filled with all those freebies from GWA conferences and gardening friends. I’m thinking being under a time crunch is now a blessing in disguise. I’m no longer feeling guilty or compelled to make sure every last plant is saved. I’m finding it much easier to let some of the less desirable plants meet their fate with the excavator.
I’m looking forward to this time next year, when I will be hopefully creating new garden rooms, planning fun textural and color combos, and building the foundation for new plantings with year-round interest. As for the rest of this year, I know at least the prized kids will be saved and I still have lots of container and veg garden juggling to look forward to—as my patio and adjacent kitchen garden are going to remain intact for now.