This morning I told my husband that I was finally going to start my blog. He gently asked, “Honey, you do remember your garden, right?”
His question reminded me of how every spring I enthusiastically prepare two 3 x 5 box gardens. I then proceed to the nursery where I buy peppers of every color, twenty varieties of tomatoes, enough herbs to open a Chinese medicine shop, and a few random plants that I know nothing about. Did I say that I only have two small boxed beds?
I LOVE thinking about my garden, prepping my garden and planting the garden. But where I fall short is actually tending the garden. So how will I tend to my blog better than I do my garden? Here’s my plan:
Don’t plant too many seeds – Less is more. I am always in the process of gathering seed ideas, but I will not commit to growing them until I have nurtured some of my existing seedlings.
Water before sunrise or after sunset – With two little ones running around the house, my best chances of actually writing are early in the morning or late at night. If I don’t take advantage of these prime times, my blog will surely wilt.
Pull the weeds – This one is the most difficult for me because I kind of like when new, unknown things start growing randomly throughout my garden. I don’t see them as weeds, I see them as new plants that don’t grow in rows. New things peak my interest and grab my attention. But like weeds, they strangle the things I’m trying to grow. I will be mindful that I intentionally planted my blog so any new opportunities cannot take away from what I have already started.
Share the Harvest – One of my favorite parts of growing our own garden is reaping what we sow. I have not yet shared my blog publicly, but the time to share is here! Establishing weekly or monthly blogging goals will keep me on track.
So to answer my husband’s question, yes, I have learned from my gardening experiences. And while I point out to him that we did have several bowls of fresh salsa from that tangled mess, there is room for improvement. And because of this I am mindful to plant less, nourish what I plant, say ‘no’ to weeds, and share freely.