As someone who for many years resisted routine (boring, I thought) not only have I come to love my routines but I even have a garden routine now..
I came to realise that having systems for dealing with basic stuff is actually very freeing. I don't have to re-invent the wheel each Monday, I can think about other things while getting the essentials done, and these regular habits do in fact save me both time and stress.
You may remember my Onceover (post 26 Oct 2012) based on the need to do the minimum housework required to not feel embarassed by my home.
I now have a Onceover for the garden since that is where I spend much of my time in the summer.
1 Wipe bird droppings from all seats and tables
2 Put away any tools etc left lying around because I was tired out
3 Rescue jobs (there always seems to be a plant needing rescued!)
4 Deadheading and watering pots and hanging baskets
All this might only take 15 minutes or so and leaves me ready to do whatever real gardening I want to do that day, knowing I can sit down with coffee and friends who call, find what I need, not feel guilty about a plant that is dying, and keep the annuals looking great for as long as possible.
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