So how have the cold and short days been effecting your involvement in the garden? During the warmer months when the days were longer, particularly during daylight savings, I found working in the evening just perfect. However working in the evenings now is just impossible. Well maybe not impossible it could be done by torch light I guess. Being a Monday to Friday worker, weekends are often used for many things, social engagements, replacing stormwater pipes, family adventures. Thus sometimes a weekend can fly by without any gardening happening at all. Previously I posted about how I have been getting up a bit earlier and making gardening the first thing I do each day. This has been working out really well, keeping the gardening flowing and improving my overall mental well being. However the onset of winter found my love for staying warm in bed greater than my love for gardening. My main discomfort is not actually getting out of bed but rather changing from pyjamas to gardening clothes.
The solution... Garden in my pyjamas. I simply pull my gardening clothes over my already warm pyjamas. Not only do I avoid being nude, the multiple layers keep me wonderfully snug while out in the garden in the crisp morning air. Also after a few days of my hands getting so cold they stung, it finally occurred to me to wear my gardening gloves. Often the more obvious the solution the longer it takes for me to realise it.
My biggest recommendation though for motivating one through winter is to get a personal coach. My youngest daughter is an early riser and seems to have no fear of the cold. She often wakes before my alarm clock does and from her bed yells “Is it morning yet?” Not only does she get me up in the morning but she also joins me in the garden. Having my little gardening buddy with me warms me even more, from the heart out.