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Luvzminis
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   Posted 6/5/2010 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow--I was on a roll and got several things done I couldn't do when it was cold outside.  But I think I overdid it in the garden.  Now I have to take it easier, but I'm still looking for some suggestions as to make it all "work."  I find if I alternate sitting with standing and activity with inactivity, it works pretty well, but I'm always looking for a better way to do things.
 
Also, my perennial garden is a mess, and things like flowers and mint have to be separated or they'll take over everything around them.  I also have to capture the renegade raspberries and strawberries which control all.  How do I accomplish all this with no willing accomplices?  Just a little at a time, I suppose?  I'm looking for any suggestions.  Also, does anyone have a "doable" schedule they follow when they have a flare? Thanks and blessings!

Irish Babe
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   Posted 6/5/2010 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Good morning Luvzminis,
 
Your idea for alternating is very good, I do try to put that into play, also. I also love gardening and wait for the nice weather to go out and 'play in the dirt'. Unfortunately, my body can't keep up w/ my plans. I don't have a lot of ppl to help me either. My DH isn't able to anymore, my DD does try and my DS is the 'Heavy Lifting Guy', but he is working 2 jobs, so there is just so much I can ask of him.
 
One thing I learned about mint yrs ago is put it in a container or it will take over the world. devil   I have all my herbs in pots, except the rosemary which looks like a good size shrub right now. I have had to ask my son to dig up a LOT of my shrubs as I can no longer trim them back in the spring. He has also removed some of my other plants that are seeking to overthrow my government. I hated to do it, the colors are so pretty, but my children won't be here forever and I need to declutter. My one neighbor asked my son if his mother knew what he was doing as he removed the line of shrubs. lol  They all know how I feel about my plantings.
 
I try to go out in the early morning when I have a bit of shade to keep the extreme heat off of me. I bring out a bottle of water and I have a chair set in the shade of a tree for when I'm beat. I have a little wagon that I sit on and my little hand tools fit in a slot, I collect all my equip and take it w/ me. I use little plastic bags from grocery store to collect all the junk. I put 'good' stuff in one bag for compost and all the 'junk' in another to go in the garbage. I can't lift a regular garbage bag, so the small ones work out well for me.
 
I can only do one section at a time, if I look at the whole yd at once, I would be so discouraged. It isn't like it use to be, never will be, but if I do so much each day, I will get done by Christmas. smhair
 
I come in during the hottest part of the day. Try to get house stuff done. I will go out some eves and do a bit more, if I can. I try to take advantage of the hopefully cooler eve air.
 
One of the hardest things for me is the hose, it is so heavy and I can't drag that thing all around the yd. We are supposed to get some T-storms this wkend. At least it will take care of the watering.
 
The hardest thing is to pace yourself - I know, I have a hard time, too. When you have the energy, you just want to get things done, then you pay for it. We just have to remind ourselves, just a little bit.
 
Hope you are feeling better. Have a great weekend.
 
God bless.  Alice.

Luvzminis
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   Posted 6/5/2010 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow--these are all super suggestions, Alice!
I appreciate also your advice to  contain mint within something. Maybe lawn edging or such?  Maybe I'll just resort to a big pot.
You sound so organized, and I like the many tips and will take them to heart.  God bless you, too.

Sherrine
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   Posted 6/5/2010 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I just came in from working in the yard.  I pace myself.  Today was easy.  I transplanted a couple of plants, used Round Up on weeds, and took the flower heads off my caladiums.  I ususally work for about 1-1 1/2 hours.
 
I bought two trowels and two hand clippers and keep one set by my back door and one set in my garage.  This way, I don't have to keep running back and forth for the tools.  I also have a small shovel.  It's only about four feet tall and it's not that heavy.  It makes it far easier to use.  When I buy potted plants...even in the 4 inch pots...I use the shovel to plant them.  One "scoop" and the hole is ready for the plant.  It's easier than the trowel.
 
I look around my yard and see what needs to be done the most.  If it is something that will take a long time, I only work for a little bit and go back to it in the next day or two.  Once you have the yard cleaned up, just keep up with it.  I usually do my gardening on Saturday mornings, but I don't have family around so it is a good time for me. 
 
Sherrine 
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KellieJo
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   Posted 6/5/2010 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I love to garden and can but not this year....:o( maybe next year.

Luvzminis
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   Posted 6/5/2010 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I guess "to garden or not to garden" is pretty much about whether we're up to it.  As Sherrine says:  pacing.  I think that's the key to Fibro.  But it sure is hard when the head wants to go a million miles per hour, and the body heartily disagrees.  Great points, Sherrine.  Make it as simple as we can. 
Thanks!

GSDgirl
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   Posted 6/6/2010 5:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I love to work in my garden and flower beds.  Last week the tomato plants about killed my back (24 of them)  I still have more to plant but we have had storms like crazy.
 
about my flower beds..............hubby sprayed my bee balm, poppies and lemon balm.  They are dead, dead, dead and I am still mad!!!  He also bought a bunch of shrub type plants that I don't like, I told him to use them on a job and DO NOT put them in my beds!!!
 
I am just mad at him for a few (lot) of different things.  I wanna run away
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Luvzminis
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   Posted 6/6/2010 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I just love to "play in the dirt" (garden), too!  On the warmer days, it really seems to help the pain.  However, I have a terrible habit of "just one more thing to do out here..." and I end up paying for it dearly soon afterward!

Irish Babe
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   Posted 6/6/2010 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh my gosh, the infamous 'one more thing to do'. There is always one more thing to do, isn't there? lol
 
I am not able to stand or kneel to do my gardening, which is why I use the rolling cart. All my tools are hand tools, don't have the strength to use a 'real' shovel - and do I miss it. I found a cool tool in the 'kiddie' section of garden tools at WalMart. A Bright pink/purple hoe made of metal, so far it has been an asset. I also found a two headed tool, hoe/rake thingy in the big ppl section of tools at Lowes.  smilewinkgrin    They have been a big help to me.
 
One problem w/ sitting on the cart (I put knee pads down on it to cushion my tush) is I get stiff after a bit, so I must remember to stand up, walk over to get my water and stretch for a few minutes. 
 
Last wk my DH sprayed bug spray in one area to kill a platoon of ants, then decided to spray in several areas - ALL over my flowers!! What was he thinking?!? He has been banished from my garden. nono Thankfully, I hadn't put the pots out in that area w/ my tomatoes and peppers.
 
Ever since I was a child, I have loved playing in the dirt, but I have found for the past almost 15 yrs, that gardening has been a form of therapy for me. I live for the months I can do it, and I plan for the months when I cannot. I guess it is part of my stubbornness to not give up. Like the rest of my life, I have had to make changes, try to plan it out, so I can continue to the  best of my ability to be ME. As yrs go by, somethings lose their importance in your life and new things take their place. I just have to change my approach to how I do things, and if I can't do them, they may need to go. It isn't good or bad, just my new reality. I try very hard to stay in the game, it's just that now it is a new game. And who is the ref calling these plays, seriously? lol
 
Hope you all have a good day doing something fun. 
 
God bless.  Alice.

Acheybody
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   Posted 6/6/2010 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I love gardening too, though mine is tiny, and use smaller grocery bags also. Does anyone else have trouble with dirt under your nails? I used to love the feeling of having my hands in the dirt, but for years now, I have to wear gloves for EVERYTHING while gardening. The slightest bit of dirt gets under my nails and hurts like crazy. Trying to get it out just drives it in further. Maybe it's the shape of my nails or their condition (brittle) but it's one more concession to PAIN!
  Achey 
 
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