Do you know how excited you feel when spring comes and can you go out and play in the garden? And the joy you feel watching those first shoots of plants sprout from the ground and eventually explode in bloom? There is nothing more motivating than that. But how do you keep the same motivation from start to finish?
The motivation for the garden
I spend almost all the possibilities that I get in the garden during those beautiful spring days, and then the summer comes …
At first, everything is fine, until the unbearable heat and humidity in my southeastern garden begin to take hold. Oh, and mosquitoes too. Let’s not forget those balls! This is when I find my motivation for waning gardening. I mean, those who can’t wait to sweat like Niagara Falls or be eaten alive by blood-sucking insects. Still, the garden needs us. We have weeds to extract, plants to water and fruits to harvest. And, as the saying goes, “the show must go on”.
So how do Gardening people know how to stay motivated throughout the season?
How to keep motivation from start to finish
- Focus on the rewards. Laura says it’s the rewards that keep her motivated. “My goal is to have vegetables ready to be harvested from spring until late autumn. It starts with tender asparagus stalks in April and ends with potato digging in October. My next goal is to try growing hydroponic vegetables in the winter. “
- Watch things grow (and eat them later). Bonnie can’t wait for spring and usually finds a lot to do to get started in winter, even if she’s just rearranging the plantation shed or sharpening tools. The rest of the year, he says, “it’s a real pleasure to watch things grow and eat what grows that being motivated is never a problem.”
- Garden for mental health. Tyler believes that gardening is an important tool for mental health and relaxation. “Gardening is my time to focus and think clearly, no matter how short the visit is. I find it easy enough to stay motivated when the act of gardening itself is what motivates me! “
- Summer doesn’t last forever. In a garden in zone 4, where the former GKH expert Stacey resides, he says that “the growing season is very short, perhaps 4 months from the first seed or plant put in the ground to the last autumn pruning. When summer comes to an end, it’s messy and almost over, the cleaning is always bittersweet. The motivation, for me, is that soon it will be winter again!
- Fill the fridge with vegetables. Liz points out that in the hottest part of summer it can be tough. “I stay motivated by keeping the refrigerator stocked with fresh vegetables. Even if I can’t get my will to do maintenance, I can always pick tomatoes.”
- Perennials are a real cure-all. Maintaining motivation for gardening? “It’s easy,” says Amy. “During the growing season, things always change, which is why I love perennials. While one thing blooms and vanishes, another blooms. My garden is a landscape in constant evolution and it never gets boring. The only thing that bores me is to mow the lawn! “
- Take some time for yourself. Heather is part of her daily routine to stay motivated. “I try not to overdo it at the beginning of the season. I spent half an hour every day in the garden to make sure I go out regularly. It can be easy when summer gets busy with work and the kids forget to take some time for you. Making sure I take time to work in the garden means I will be out there all season. “
- Enjoy the end result. “It’s really the end result,” adds Mary Ellen. “I don’t always like work, but knowing that it will look better and being an open space that I can enjoy motivates me.”
Many of us have no problem having a motivation for gardening. It’s keeping up with that gardening motivation from start to finish that can be a struggle, especially with me. Like my colleagues here at Gardening Know How, it is a love for growing plants, the final stages of harvesting the harvest and nature that pushes me to insist even during those horrible hot summer days – after all, the garden needs we and we need to garden.