I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I woke up this morning thinking again about the importance of clearing clutter. This is true in our gardens as much as our lives. Then I read this. It brought yet another dimension to the benefits of removing the things that no longer serve us. The way another friend put it was to walk away from the things that no longer serve us, grow us or help us. I remember hearing one interior designer say that everything she owned had to serve at least one of two purposes: it had to be either beautiful or useful. I was out in the garden fairly late into the evening last night, after a rain. I’d had some marigolds to accompany the tomato plants but didn’t have time to put them in the ground earlier. So I squished around with my rubber boots in the mud and got the eight of them in the ground. Now that everything is pretty much in and where it’s going to be (but never say never — I seem to always find a spot that needs a pot or a pot that needs a resident), my focus now will be to clear away the clutter from my garden. I do have lots of seeds and tools that I’m not using.
I think it’s easy for gardeners in particular to hold onto the things we don’t really want or need because there is always another season. My friend, the clutter buster, though, would remind me that when you clear space, you make room for something new and better to come into your life.
QUESTION: What have you had a hard time clearing from your collection of garden supplies? What do you save and what do you toss year to year? What are you on the fence about letting go of?
Go ahead … gimme the dirt!