Sensible Gardening Tip #470: When winter drives you to a low point, sorting seeds or digging out grow lights can seem overwhelming. You are not alone, no matter how many terminally cheerful websites or magazines are making you feel as if you are. When I’m battling a severe lack of enthusiasm, I archive the unread guilt-stack of magazines by my bedside table and retreat to my favorite gardening books – and more particularly, favorite essays – by authors older and wiser (and often quite deader) than I. Mitchell, Cruso, Lloyd, Lawrence, Don…I don’t need to know the latest tricks and tips and cultivars, I just need a gentle reminder that there are hundreds of seasons in a garden, and this is but one. Whether the kale seeds went in this year is not important – but reconnecting after a tough winter is.
Take the hair shirt off and be kind to yourself. You may need to get some wine involved.