I became a gardener through shopping. It was all about going to the garden center for me at first. Buying stuff. Plants, fertilizers, tools, compost bins–I just LOVED all that STUFF! I still do. The ideal day in the garden, as far as I’m concerned, begins with a trip to the garden center. Whatever bright shiny things I’m attracted to there will drive what I do in the garden for the rest of the day. Plant the flowers I couldn’t resist, build the raised bed, etc.
But there’s a lot of belt-tightening going on these days, at my house and at yours, I suspect. And my garden is almost too full of plants. And I have too many tools. So I’m just buying the stuff I use up: fertilizer, new gloves when the old ones wear out, etc. Which means that there’s not as much retail-therapy-driven-gardening going on for me.
Today, however, a neighbor offered to share the truckload of mulch she’d brought to her garden. She had way too much and wondered if I could take the rest off her hands. That truckload of mulch reminded me how much I loved to start a day in the garden with STUFF. A big, luxurious, rich pile of dirt that absolutely must be used up before the sun goes down. Motivated me to clear some beds, transplant some perennials, and generally get busier in the garden than I have been in months.
I miss it, buying stuff. New stuff inspires me to do cool things in the garden. But even a truckload of mulch is a luxury I’m doing without right now. What about you? Are you spending less at the garden center? (Elizabeth and her bulb addiction notwithstanding) And if you’re not doing as much shopping– does that change what you do and don’t do in the garden?