Today I read a quote that said "You don't have to go FAST, you just have to GO" which proved to be a very timely reminder (though for me, would be even better if the word "GO" was subbed with "START").
Everyone has their own motivation and ways of tackling issues; for me some things need to happen quickly otherwise I lose interest and momentum, while other projects can be maintained on a slow burn, providing I do at least one small thing a day towards the goal in question.
So what have I been procrastinating over? Well it's been some time since the trees and elephant grass were cleared for the area that is to be the organic vegetable garden. I have a ton of seed either gathered from other gardeners or purchased from the seed merchant during my recent trip to the UK. So what's the hold up?
Ironically, in an effort to live more frugally and sustainably, the initial stumbling block is financial! Though I have no doubt that this is true for many who would love to leave their current lives and head to their own little homestead in the country.
Anyway - I had begun in earnest last year with my first crop of lettuce, arugula (rocket), chinese cabbage, pak choi, aubergines, carrots and tomatoes which were all doing quite nicely until the dogs arrived and brought proceedings to a halt. I take full responsibility! As puppies, they destroyed seedboxes full of seedlings, whilst I was busy taking cute photos of them doing so. In the meantime, they were developing a perchant for fresh vegetables. So, now to proceed with the garden means it must be dog-proof.
THE PROBLEM: The cost of fencing the entire area that I have earmarked for the vegetable garden is phenomenal and out of my reach.
THE SOLUTION: Instead of a huge garden measuring approx 150ft x 100ft, why not make ONE raised bed at a time and just fence it individually? It would work and the fence would double as vertical supports for growing cucumbers, melons, squash etc., upright rather than along the ground. Eureka!
So, the man will come tomorrow to:
1. Dig a trench around an area 25 ft x 15 ft
2. Lay a base of concrete for block walls to sit on
3. Build a wall all around, three or four layers high (6" breeze/cinder blocks) and some steps up
4, Line with metal netting to keep out ground burrowing pests
5. Back fill with organic top soil
6. Add a 4ft fence to sit on top of the block wall and a gate to go into the garden-within-a-garden.
7. Add gravel boards and pea gravel to create paths between the beds
So, by letting go of my original idea and considering another option, suddenly I see that there can be ACTION, which means there will be PROGRESS! Seems so simple, yet I have been delaying making a start for many weeks because of this one single issue. I can't understand why I didn't think of it before?? I guess I just needed a kick in the pants and some motivation to truly apply myself to finding an alternative solution.