Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New Year Inertia

I think that we have safely passed the point in the new year when we all rush to make resolutions, only to feel like failures when we fail to go to the gym/lose weight/be nice to small kittens and so on.

I don't make resolutions.

So, this year, I wish to celebrate New Year Inertias - the things I do wrong or fail to do every year, each time vowing that next year I'll do it properly.

Amongst my many inertias that I will continue this year are:
  • failing to label seedlings and rows of veg properly, meaning that I have no idea what I've planted. I'm always certain that I'll remember what I've planted. I always fail to remember what I've planted.
  • Not putting fleece over the carrots, thinking that the carrot root flies will magically forget their raison d'etre and fly over my carrots. I'm doomed to tunnelled carrots forever.
  • Not promptly planting out new purchases, but leaving them to languish on the patio until I eventually get around to it.
  • Failing to sow veg successionally, so that I have a huge glut for a fortnight, where we eat solely one vegetable, and then have to wait a month for another veg to mature.
  • Failing to plant out delicate young seedlings at the right time, so that they become angry, contorted seedlings desperate to escape from their pots.
  • Not thinning out seedlings, as it just feels wrong and evil to pluck out healthily growing plants, just bcause they're too close together. This is despite the fact that I know that they grow much better when thinned.
  • Buying too many seeds. I have enough lettuce and carrot seed packets to keep Chester fed with these veg for the next 10 years.

To mis-quote George Satayana: "Those who do not learn from their foolish gardening mistakes are doomed to repeat them."

Happy 2009 - may you learn from your mistakes.


Gail said...

I do like this post and can relate. gail

VP said...

That is soooo funny HM! And I'll have no problem in joining you and faithfully keeping all of them.

Arabella Sock said...

Ha ha! That is totally me too. I have no idea what bulbs I have put where (again). It is exciting though when they suddenly appear.

I also hate thinning seedlings - it seems so wrong playing God and deciding that only the strongest survive.

Victoria Summerley said...

I laughed out loud at this. So funny. And it's such a grey, depressing day here, I can't tell you how nice it was to be cheered up. Thank you!

Susan Tomlinson said...

Oh how true this is!

Anonymous said...

This is great - I now feel I am not alone - do we all do these things then?
I particularly like this one:-

"Failing to plant out delicate young seedlings at the right time, so that they become angry, contorted seedlings desperate to escape from their pots."

I have more than a few of these every year.

janerowena said...

So it's not just me, then?

Anna said...

This made me smile as I recognise so many of these
'inertias' in myself especially the lack of labeling trick. There's nothing quite like pot luck !

Anonymous said...

Yes, that's my list as well.
Successional sowing - how can something that sounds so simple be so hard to get my head round!

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Being kind to small (or big) kittens is not a part of my New Year's resolutions as I am always kind to them anyway. ;-) But reading your blog more often is as this post made me feel so much better about myself. I thought I was the only one doing stuff like that and it was such a relief to find that there are many of us.

Thanks for making me laugh, Mouffe!

HappyMouffetard said...

As well as being a cathartic post, I'm glad that I'm not alone! Thank you all for commenting and making me feel a bit less bad for my horticultural sloth!

Nutty Gnome said...

I was feeling a bit fed up - and then I read this! I think I have found a kindered spirit!