Tidy workspace = tidy gardening

Posted on Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Imagine somewhere truly awful. A place you would avoid visiting at all costs. Think leech-infested swamps, the pits of hell or a teenager’s bedroom. Got the visual image? Good. Now ratchet up the horror level a bit and you’re getting close to how I feel about today’s job…clearing out the garage!

The garage in question is a typical gardener’s one. By which I mean it’s so full of gardening paraphernalia that there’s no chance of fitting a car in it, much to the chagrin of any non-gardening car owners in the household.

As a dutiful gardener I should, of course, have had a good clear out and clean up at the end of the gardening season. But I didn’t and it’s all the builders’ fault, honest!

Let me put forth my case for why I can’t be to blame for this lax attitude.

We asked our local builder to put a new window and stable style door in the back of garage, which doubles as a potting shed, so that I could work inside it with natural light but without our dog getting in and extending his chewaholic addiction to my gardening equipment.

Unfortunately our builder is rather popular and the weeks of waiting stretched into months …and of course I kept thinking ‘there’s no point sorting out the garage until the work is done’. Well, finally, we have our new door and window (very finely fitted and worth the wait), so I’m off to sort things out (just as soon as I’ve procrastinated over this blog a little more).

I can only contemplate the horror of mucky pots, strewn seeds, dated compost and grubby tools that waits for me. I guess the moral of the story is that time and tide may wait for no man, but that gardening tasks have a little more patience. So if you’re also putting off a garden job, why not roll up your sleeves and get on with it today? Just think of it as ‘character building’!