Well tonight I have decided to post an update on the garden challenge. Why tonight you may ask, well it is not because the garden is looking like the one in my imagination but rather because my daughter Emma has just reminded me that the end is not what the challenge is really about ; it is more about the way to the end.
If the end of something was all important and the road to that end ignored what indeed would I have accomplished , no the garden challenge or any challenge for that matter is all about the journey towards the end. As in all things in life the roads taken towards a goal often make amends to the goal itself as the journey unravels many different surprises along the way.
The goal of the garden challenge was to tame this wild field of mine here in Kilmovee and have a garden to be happy with , a garden I was proud of. I started the challenge in February with a picture in my head of a forest with lots of wild flowers , a vegetable patch, and an area that I could have a seat and shelter surrounded by colour from all the different plants that I would plant. I envisaged a veranda enclosed with a see- through roof , shelter of trees from the wild winds of the west, a polytunnel to grow through the colder weather and lots of little paths leading to fairy dells and surprises of something beautiful hidden behind the tree lined paths.
These are all still part of my vision but after chatting with Emma tonight I came to realise the journey towards my dream garden is what I need to focus and share more because the joy of working on my project for the last few months has been so satisfying and fulfilling in so many different ways. If I was to wait until my garden resembled the one in my head to enjoy the journey that journey would be lost forever and I am so grateful tonight to have realised that it is the journey towards the goal that I would love to share in my writing rather than wait for the goal to be achieved.
Tonight I am celebrating the little goals towards the final goal and who knows how the final goal will emerge as I take small steps along this path , there is so much to learn and appreciate at each new step and my loved ones rejoice with me as we step along together.
The work in the garden has been hard there is a lot of manual labour that my husband John and myself have undertaken, we decided at the onset we could not exceed a very small budget roughly no more than 50 euros in any week , some weeks we have managed to spend double that and some weeks we will not spend anything. We try to use what is available to us at this moment in time and I spend a lot of time researching how to do things economically . Last night I was reading up how to save seeds , as we are both novices at this; finding information can be tiresome at times , just google ;how to garden and see what I mean.
So after my chat with my daughter this evening I came to realise I was putting too much pressure on myself thus taking away a lot of the enjoyment , and there is enjoyment.
These are some of the things we have enjoyed so far; going to the beach to collect seaweed for fertilizer , putting up a mesh fence around the areas to help as a wind barrier, having our grand daughter Kate plant some flowers, checking our strawberry plants daily for signs of growth, chatting with fellow gardeners online , admiring our new veg drills , ecstatic about the onions actually having lovely green shoots, feeling invigorated after spending the day in the garden clearing and digging , going to the woods to get leaves for the compost heap , creating no dig beds for growing in, finding out how to make compost from what we have available and making our own area look as neat as possible with what is already available . The list is endless and all these things have brought much joy. Each hour or even half hour working on the garden project brings us closer towards the goal . The chat is infectious in our house about the garden challenge, my dad who is 87 years old has gone back to gardening himself this is a blessing as it has given him a lovely hobby to share with us all.
Just saying the goal is important but I strongly feel the journey is what brings the most joy and tonight after my chat with Emma I have decided to relish the journey towards my dream . Happy days everyone .Enjoying the steps towards the goal is all important I think, taking part in the steps; the flowers and the rough terrain and embraced together with our loved ones can only bring us together on our journeys making the journey more important than the dream in my head .