Anyone else tired of gardening and needed a time-out? After I built a pond in the late 90s I became fanatic about gardening. My taste in gardening ranged from desert plants to tropicals. I became a regular customer at specialty nurseries; I was active on the plant exchange forum; I attended local plant exchanges and hosted a few; I attended spring garden tours and participated in some; I became a member of a couple of local botanical gardens; most of my new friends were fellow gardeners; our garden became a year-round habitat for monarch butterflies; I attended the spring and fall plant sales at local botanical gardens; I built an outside compost bin and an indoor worm bin. I removed all our lawn in order to expand my gardening habit. Soon I ran out of dirt to play in but because I lived in a corner house I had two strips of grassy parkway that I soon invaded and conquered. I was a happy camper.
Then about two years ago I started losing interest in gardening. I believe it started with raccoons that had become regular visitors to the pond. At first they were no problem but over the course of a few years they became quite destructive and two years ago I abandoned the pond and about the same time lost interest in gardening. My once neat garden is now a mess. Weeds are in abundance. Garden paths are unkempt and even impassable.
Now after two years of gardening burn-out the spirit of gardening is slowly returning to me but the task ahead of reclaiming the garden is daunting.