Are you behind in your gardening this year?
Every year my answer is "Yes!" Usually, the process went something like this:
1. Buy 3-4 flats of annuals after spending several hours shopping for the right mix of colors at the best price. (This, of course, is with kids - "No guys, not that one!" "Don't touch those!" "Bring the cart back here!" "Get down, you can't climb the racks!")
2. Let the flowers sit in on the porch for at least a month, glaring at them every time I walked by.
3. Start planting the half-dead flowers into the planter one by one, taking many breaks from the back-breaking work.
4. Continue to convince myself I DON'T need more potting soil even though I do.
5. Stop when I'm tired or it's too hot outside or after several muffled grunts of sarcasm and words-not-suitable-for-kids-ears, leaving half a flat to plant another time.
6. Swear I won't plant flowers next year and should do all perennials. Really, who needs flowers anyway - it's a lot of money and time and then they all die after a few months anyway!
7. A few weeks later, toss the remaining flowers into the field.
After doing the same thing each year I decided I'd cheat this year:
I'll call it the 8 in 8 plan -
I whipped into Walmart and purchased 8 pots of pre-mixed flowers and was back in my car within 8 minutes. When I arrived home I put the pots into the planter, a little twist of a pot here and there and presto - DONE in 5 minutes!
After I took this photo, I lowered the pots a bit by pulling the dirt in the planters aside so the pots could sit lower. I love this and will do it every year. It reduced time, effort and muffled words!
Did you do anything different this year with your gardening?
Tell us your quicky gardening tips!