Practicing Patience Without Becoming a Patient

| 3/19/2018 10:06:00 AM

Tags: wild onions, weed removal, garden chores, patience, springtime chores, Blythe Pelham, Ohio,

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Warning: Homophone humor ahead. They say, “Patience is a virtue.” My response to that has always been, “Patients are for hospitals!” While I may appear to be a very patient huming on the outside, inside I’m always wanting to speed up time until I can do the next thing I’d rather be doing. Early spring, in particular, is one of those hurry up and wait times for me.

One trick that I’ve stumbled upon to help pass the time is to fill it with activities that help me inch toward my future goals while still feeling somewhat productive in the moment. I have no trouble making time for artwork but adding pieces that will end up in a garden project helps me feel connected to nature more quickly. Cooking and testing recipes for my cookbook is productive but starting seeds for things that will end up in a dish created from one of those recipes at the same time feels much richer.

A more directly related garden activity is easing my body from its wintertime slowness into the 8+ hours I’ll soon be spending outdoors. I can do this by tackling big chores in smaller bits each day when weather permits. One such chore is the removal of over-abundant of wild onions (Allium canadense) from various beds in my garden.

Removal Tools 

In just one hour on a cool spring day, I was able to fill a bag with those pesky onions (which are edible if one so wishes). I prefer to remove by digging rather than use a non-organic method such as spraying pesticides. I was also able to visit with our outdoor cats while cleaning up a portion of my sweetgrass bed. While I wasn’t expending a lot of energy or hard manual labor, I was getting my body used to many of the movements and postures I’ll be using on those longer days outdoors.

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