A Little Discouraged About the Gardens

For the first time in years, I’m seriously thinking about skipping all gardening this year, even the vegetable garden. It’s been my custom to add a little bit to the yard every year. When we bought the property, it was horribly overgrown. Neighbors used it as a semi-park and dumping ground. It took a heck of a lot of work to build this yard, to convince people that NO you cannot use my new lawn as your doggie doo despository, NO you cannot use my lawn as your next NASCAR racetrack, NO you cannot give your kids saws to chop down my new baby trees just for the fun of it. It’s been a ferociously uphill battle, but I had some major victories. My Secret Garden is my pride and joy.

Blooming Garden

Two years ago. Mmmmmmm. :)

But a number of things have really discouraged me. The flooding, for one. Every few years, my property is flooded with several inches of flood waters. It wipes out EVERYTHING. I’m tired of it. I’m so tired of battling the town, begging them to solve their stormwater drainage problems and slow down the McMansion uber-development up the hill. I’m tired of cleaning the silt and the mud from the house and yard. I’m tired of all the weeds that take opportunity on the wings of the flood waters to sink their gritty roots into my lush flower beds.

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My gardens are under there... somewhere. See how close the water is to the house.

 

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The vegetable garden today. *sigh*

It’s been raining just about every day in Upstate New York, since January. When I step onto the lawn, my feet sink a little into the squishy mud. We can’t mow sections of the lawn because it’s filled with sticky mud. What do I do? Shovel out the lawn???

Then there’s the deer. We are inundated with deer. I live in town, for pete’s sake! But there are woods (albeit small lots) in the back. Dozens of deer come to my property for their munch fests. I think word has got out there’s a feast of free vegetation to be had here. They eat like there’s no tomorrow. They even eat the plants that deer aren’t SUPPOSED to eat. Oh sure, I could spend $6,000 and put up an 8-foot fence around the perimeter of the property…. all 2,500 feet of it…. but we put up a small fence in the front, and THAT was agonizing enough. No can do.

Then there’s the fact that I work a few jobs now. Working, coupled with doing all the mom and housewifey stuff like cooking and cleaning, coupled with all the renovations this old house desperately needs has me depressed and frustrated most of the time, when I stop to think about it (something I try to avoid!).

I can’t keep up with it all. I’m too old. I’m not even sure if I can keep up the house anymore. While we have *most* of the downstairs gutted and renovated (except the windows and bathroom and some trim work), the upstairs awaits me. And the house beams are sagging and need to be supported (a major undertaking). And the basement foundation needs to be remortared outside (requiring excavation). And the roof needs replacing. And of course, we need new siding and we have got to get gutters to direct all this water away from the house. I really wonder if it’s all worth it. Why fix up a house and yard when it floods so bad that it wrecks everything you’ve done? I just want to patch up the holes, sell the place and get something situated on a hill. It’s SO discouraging.

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We can't mow yet because there's a ton of mud sitting on the lawn still.

I guess this is normal for people experiencing flooding and other problems. I don’t see any way out and it’s terribly depressing to think about it. I think I’ll just get my zucchini at the store this year….

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4 Responses to “A Little Discouraged About the Gardens”

  1. Marg Says:

    That would be discouraging to get flooded like that. That is really too bad. Well maybe next year or put a couple of things in pots just to have something. I have heard about all the rain up there. Hope things get better.

  2. Secondary Roads Says:

    Your lack of enthusiasm is understandable. It sure was beautiful. We have lots of water around here too. Neighborhood farmers are getting concerned about not getting their crops in yet. I can already see food prices rising yet again.

  3. Carole Says:

    ((((HUGS)))) I’m so sorry you’re feeling so discouraged and overwhelmed. :-( However, your downstairs renovation did come out BEAUTIFUL – maybe you can go drown your sorrows in a cup of tea at your awesome beverage bar and look at your beautiful new kitchen?? On top of it all, the weather has not been helping. Besides the rain which continues to add to your woes, it’s just plain depressing, day after day of gloomy weather. If the darn sun would just come out, at least that would be a little encouraging. (((HUGS)))

  4. Rena Says:

    I hear ya… we are very discouraged with our house. The leaks in the roof, no backyard, many things to update/repair and bad neighborhood. Its very depressing at times.

    We are seriously researching to buy a mobile home or something similar where it is low maintenance and easy to repair if needed. I am done with two story houses.

    Sigh. Until then we are trying to find ways to brighten our days while we are still here.

    I hope you do too!