| Jan 6, 2010
January, from what I learned by looking in the American Heritage Dictionary, is the month of the ancient Roman god “Janus,” who is depicted as looking in opposite directions. It is no wonder that we try to look ahead by making resolutions in January, but, every now and then, tend to look back as well, so as to keep continuing the good work and, at the same time, not repeat the mistakes made earlier.
However, with each new year, making resolutions seems like a customary activity, regardless of one’s preference, a fair number of us have trouble keeping them. Therefore, to come out of the box, compiled below are some random thoughts, mostly gardening-related, that have come to my mind as yet another year has begun. Though a few might sound trivial or redundant, they are nonetheless worth pondering:
• To beat the winter blues, take time to step in the garden on one of those pretty, sunny days; explore bare spots and make tentative plans to add newer varieties or cultivars instead of the usual fare. But, to avoid impulse buying, study first the microclimate of the yard and look for plants that are drought-tolerant, as well as low-maintenance.
• Even though the rabbits feasted on the herbs I had planted the past spring, I will try again this year, applying strategic ways of outsmarting them.
• If a plant dies in spite of your best efforts, try not to dwell on it; a lesson can always be learned when things go wrong.
• Make an attempt not to be a perfectionist when it comes to tackling weeds. Think of weeding as a relaxing, physical activity, and a good reason to be outdoors.
• Instead of becoming task-driven, find time to relax in the garden, watch the sun rise, catch the spring buds unfold and see fall leaves change their colors.
• Invite fellow gardeners for tea and cookies and share new tips and tricks picked up during the course of time. What better way of learning than by interacting with those who have a similar interest?
• Indulge in age-appropriate activities to prevent injury or stress. It’s easy to forget the bare truth that age creeps up on just about everyone.
• Last of all, to be in the mainstream, adopt ways of using trendy words such as “infrastructure,” “24/7,” etc.!