As I’ve noted before, my garden is neglected. This shouldn’t be surprising because in the spring, as a landscape designer, I’m busy running around creating gardens for others. The gardens do get the occasional power weeding, but I don’t have much time or energy for my own gardens early in the growing season. When summer kicks in around the 4th of July and things slow down, I begin my gardening season. I know this is not optimal, but it’s all I’ve got.
I start with the biggest tasks interspersed with manic spurts of weeding. This year, my new neighbors have let their garden go. Their Halls honeysuckle, multiflora roses, wild raspberries and poison ivy are over on my side of the fence. The honeysuckle was climbing up my small tree so this morning chop, chop, off I went with Felcos, lopers, pruning saw, telescope pruners and a ladder.
My goal, since I still have to support myself is to garden for an hour every morning in the shade. I start with the overhead plane since I’m not fond of working on a ladder and I want to get that out of the way. I’ll work my way down to the ground plane. With this course of action and limiting the time to small intervals it doesn’t get overwhelming and is still enjoyable for me despite the heat and humidity.