We've made an agonizing decision - agonizing because I hate to spend money on things of short-term value - to hire someone to do a one-time yard cleanup for us. Between our home projects and getting the garden space ready, spending 3 or so weekends (the time we estimate it would take) to clean up our 3/4 acre property is just a little too much. This is one of the ways in which our working life makes our home life more expensive, but I think it will be worth it in the end. Sander has already spent about 5 hours outdoors working on cleanup, and has barely made a dent.
We've begun to mull over what plants will be moved to make space for the vegetable garden. I spent time this weekend transplanting and thinning, but there's quite a bit more still to do. The nice thing about transplanting is that I can do a few at a time, in 10 minute increments.
Actually, most of gardening works like that. Planting, weeding and harvesting can all be done in short bursts, and it's one of the reasons that I think gardening is a great thing for even the busiest people.
My composter arrived this week, along with a compost crock I'd ordered for the refrigerator. I could have skipped the crock and just used tupperware, and perhaps in retrospect I should have. I was seduced by having a special item for my composting, but in reality, it was $20 I probably didn't need to spend. I'm chalking it up to a lesson learned (I was too seduced to return it before I started using it) to remind me to always look at what I have first, then buy only if I don't have what I need.
Next weekend we'll begin clearing the garden space outdoors.