Do parents wishing for a second child have this dilemma?
I finished last year’s gardening season thinking that, for once, I might not need to make new garden beds.
Instead, 2008 would mean I would really concentrate on improving that which I have: in particular, in making the newest beds that ring the outside garden (the ones I had made in the fall of ’06) really, truly, happily productive beds. These beds were productive, but they were also the beds in which the most stuff died during August’s rains. Great, I thought: I just need to add a ton of compost, mulch, and more dirt to these beds. Spring is going to be REALLY easy on me.
Then, I got the
dumb idea brainstorm to build a second greenhouse in ’08. A second greenhouse will keep me gardening year-round: very important for both our diets and also my general happiness. I know that A LOT of work will need to go into my chosen plot of land before this greenhouse can come to be. Remember my trenching/pipe laying venture last fall? That was only 120 linear feet of trench, through hardpan clay. Before I start up this new greenhouse, I will need to trench up and lay another 250′ of drainpipe! Eeeps!
Then there’re the new beds that will need to be built and filled. I think (but haven’t decided yet) that the new greenhouse will be 16′ wide x 32′ long. BIG, in other words. So a 16×32 greenhouse would have ten beds in it that are 6×3, and four beds that are 6×4…7 beds on either side of a 30″ center path. (The current 16×20 greenhouse has (8) 6×3 beds and one 2×16 herb garden.) Again, BIG.
Then I have to assemble and erect the greenhouse.
And of course, with the exception of putting up the greenhouse, you KNOW who gets to do all this work, right? ME!
Notice I haven’t mentioned planting these beds, nor planting and caring for the existing garden. I also haven’t mentioned that new orchard which needs to be laid out and planted. Nor the meat chickens that need to have mobile coops made for them. Nor the kitchen renovation, nor the other dozen or so house-related projects that I think need to be done this year, like the outdoor bread oven. That’s, like, a high priority.
So, well, I think a second greenhouse will temper my manifest-destiny garden holdings, at least for a little while. But to find the time to do it, I might need to quit my job first.