Defeating the Garden Blues
I am sure if not most of us all of us at some point have had the garden blues, who would ever think working on the great outdoors in the midst of all that beauty connecting with nature can result in burnout. If the truth could be told despite the many benefits of working in our gardens we can experience burnout.
If that’s you and your desire is to bounce back from garden burnout then continue reading for ways to beat the garden blues so you can once again enjoy working outdoors making a major contribution to the environment and the ecosystem.
6 Ways to Beat Garden Burnout
Before we look at these 6 ways to beat garden burnout there are a few things to consider.
- Ensure that you get plenty of rest before tackling your garden
- Eat a good breakfast
- Do some exercises first like stretches and deep breathing
- Wearing the proper equipment for the outdoors is so important. In the category section of this website, you will find safety tips
- Learn to take breaks especially when the temperature is high
- Remember “Rome was not built in a day” so take it in stages
- Set garden goals and go down the list checking off as you accomplish each task
- As you meet each goal give yourself a reward
- Although gardening is your hobby take a break from your garden and do something else you love doing
- Keep up to date with information within the industry to tackle any garden issues that may be on the horizon
1. Keeping it Real
The garden project you are tackling may call for more than taking it in stages, you may need help because of the size of the job. Keep it real and ask for help, the budget for your project may not be there at that time although you want to get something started just ask for help.
I am sure that a friend a family member a neighbor etc.. maybe more than willing to help you with your project, community gardens are like this. This is a great way to deepen the relationship just remember to provide them with a great lunch for offering their support.
I believe that weeds are a gardeners nightmare, I hate weeding because weeds are not only carriers of disease and garden insects pests but weeds will also compete with your plants for sunlight, nutrients, and water, making your garden look disorganized and unattractive along with taking over your garden if not brought under control.
Removing weeds from your garden depending on your garden size can be very tedious and can lead to burnout especially when temperatures are high. It’s best to put a program in place when working in your garden.
By doing this you will stay on top of those pesky weeds. The use of landscape fabric, mulches, and growing a healthy lawn can also help in suppressing weeds. The best time to catch weeds however is when they are small so set your schedule to remove weeds or by cultivating the soil when weeds just emerge.
3. Working when it’s cool
Working in the full sun can leave us feeling drained, the ideal time for me to work in my garden is during the morning hours when it’s cool. Change your routine.
Changing your routine from going to work in the heat of the day to when it’s cool is more comfortable and will keep you going. So work when the weather is cool this way you will get more done without getting exhausted quickly.
4. The right information
What can lead to garden burnout is not having the proper knowledge of what you are growing. Can you imagine seeking to grow garden plants that are not for your zone?
You will have issues after issues leaving you lost and confused. Only grow garden plants that are native to your zone and have the right information on proper care of those plants.
5. Don’t procrastinate
Stop putting off working in your garden and just do it, the longer you wait will put you in the mood of not starting. Don’t think of the amount of work that is involved make a plan and start somewhere. It’s by starting that we get the ball rolling as we see the progress we are making, why wait, get started today on your garden project.
6. The right tools
Not having the right tools for the job can lead to burnout because we will be working ourselves too hard and can also cause injury. Using the right tools for the job will make working in our gardens easier.
The final word on dealing with garden burnout
Working on the great outdoors is not meant to be a burden but something to enjoy as you connect with nature beautifying your surroundings or creating an edible garden growing your own food crops.
Let garden burnout be a thing of the past as you follow this guide, why should you have the garden blues when there are so many benefits to working on the great outdoors.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.