Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Planting Imperfections: Cultivating Imperfectionism

This morning I realized why in the 10 years that I've been married I've never had a garden. Each spring, I look out into the spot where my imaginary garden grows and consider the weeds. Then I reconsider the gardening idea.

I've had several potted flowers and plants sitting in my driveway for a couple weeks now. I have a big bowl of various seed packets sitting in my laundry room. This morning, I did something completely out of character.

I looked out onto my weedy yard. I surveyed the garden spot that my husband cleared for me last week; still there, muddy and bare. Then, instead of reconsidering, I grabbed my seed bowl and headed outside.

I planted seeds all over that muddy garden spot; marking their new homes with colored popsicle sticks. I went out to that weed-filled corner of the yard and stuck raspberry bushes in the ground, right amongst the weeds.

The way I figure, if I'm trying to change this habit of perfectionism that always leads me to procrastination, I'm going to have to do things differently. In the case of today, backwards.

I can weed and level and beautify some other day. Today was about cultivating imperfectionism!


  1. Love it! Good for you! This post is inspiring. I may have to write what hit me as I read it. Unless of course I procrastinate.

  2. Maybe I should do that in our weed patch? Naw. The mosquitoes will get me! Maybe I'll have a nightmare about mosquitoes now.

    But you are right about letting perfectionism get in the way of our dreams!

    Glad you got out there and just did it!

  3. Ooh, you should make your children weed your garden all in the name of a "learning experience" or something.

    Or at least, if I had children I would make them do the tasks I find daunting like weeding gardens.

    Hope you're having a great day!

  4. I know this is a year old, but how did you do with your garden last year? Are you doing any gardening this year? My kitchen and laundry room are full of seedlings, this is my first year really putting any commitment into growing things from seed. I am looking forward to being able to plant them without having to worry about snow or frost...which is still a possibility.

  5. Amy,

    I did cruddy with my garden last year! We were doing really good until I got pregnant and the major heat hit...then I just didn't feel like it anymore! :( We got some great zucchini and some tomatoes...that's about it! I'm not doing one "in the ground" this year since our move is imminent but I might put some stuff in containers. And...depending on how soon we get into a place, I might try a few already established plants like tomatoes or zucchini...easy going, easy growing kinds! :)


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