This year I decided to make another dedicated attempt at a garden. Unlike before, I did careful research regarding crops, their location and essentially started the plot from scratch. My plan was to have the fencing up and the crops in the ground by late April.
That hasn't happened, and there are three reasons for it.
The first is the weather. Michigan has had insanely inconsistent weather this spring, veering back and forth between the sunny 70s and snow showers. It has also rained much more than normal, making yard work difficult. (My plot is well-drained, so standing water isn't an issue.)
The second is my grandchildren, who are spending more time with us. This isn't generally a problem per se, but it acts as an amplifier to the first reason because when the weather has been good, they want to go to the playground or play in the yard. Gardening can wait.
But the third reason - and probably the most important - has been the endless "side-quests" necessarily to get my garage and home back in proper order. Here again, the toll of 21 years of National Guard weekends is apparent. To be fair, about three years ago I burned a week of vacation time to do a major reorganization, fixing problems that had persisted since we moved in. There is no denying my progress, but it is also true that the hectic schedule since then compromised those gains.
Hence the side-quest reference: just as in a role-playing game, I can't tackle the 'main quest' - putting the garden in - until I can first reorganize the tools. That requires me to move all the bicycles, which require maintenance and that in turn requires me to find their tools and the air pump, etc.
Thus, while my progress towards the main object remains painfully slow, I am knocking out real improvements.
I also had the foresight to assume I would run late, and so chose the most low-skill plants that would also mature in 60 days or so - making late planting not much of an issue. Indeed, I'd rather get it done properly.
I will add that I am far better off physically and mentally spending my time on this than rage-stroking over the latest bombshell on the news sites. When I meet people in person who still follow things, the conversation is a bit difficult.
"Did you hear about such-and-such?! It's an outrage!"
"Oh, no, that's too bad. My weeping cherry was beautiful this year, hardly needed trimming at all. When we moved in, we didn't know how to care for it, and it was choked with old growth. We had some tree trimmers in doing other work and they said they could work on it, but the shock might be lethal, so I did a little each year and now it looks great!'
"Uh, okay, but about the president-"
"I can't help that. I can help my tree."
People talk about Chesterton's Fence, and I think that very much applies - having lived here for a decade, I'm seeing what needs to stay and what should go.
And if the garden doesn't work out - at least my house and garage got organized!