Gardener’s Guilt

I thought that writer’s guilt (over not writing) was a fairly unique thing, but as I look out at my weed-infested, overgrown-lawn, desperate for a trim garden I realise there is gardener’s guilt too.

I have had a large yard for 4 years now, so the gloss has come off having a garden, especially after 4 weekends of rain. It isn’t all just planting vegetable crops and flowers, there is maintenance, lots of maintenance. You also need to learn stuff, like where to put what when, what looks good together and what overpowers what.

I guess in that way gardening is like writing too. Something that seems like it should be second nature is actually a skill that needs to be crafted and honed. You will probably kill a few plants along the way, but you will learn some tricks eventually. Also, if you neglect it, well, it just looks like crap.

I can’t help but see the irony in how when my writing is going well, my garden is usually being ignored and vice versa. But there is one huge difference between the two. If the work in the garden all gets too overwhelming, I can pay someone to tidy it all up and the garden will still feel like mine. I don’t think I could say the same about getting someone in to write my novel.

2 thoughts on “Gardener’s Guilt”

  1. My new discovery? Plant coriander and dill in autumn (well, the dill self-seeded; I can take no credit for that). They grow thick and bushy and do NOT bolt to seed within a couple of weeks. I’m sure the winter frost will eventually kill them in a couple of months, but in the meantime I have wonderful flavours to harvest for soups and curries. At the time of year I actually want to eat them!

  2. Thank you for the tip! I haven’t yet managed to eat any home grown coriander because it has all gone to seed immediately. There is still an hour of sunshine out there, I might just have to go and plant some herbs…

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