Apply Time Management Techniques To Gardening | Kodiak
Last week, warm, clear days found island gardeners scurrying outside, perched on bent knees, pulling weeds, transplanting seedlings and killing slugs. It was a whirlwind of activity that reminded me of a children’s story called “All Summer in One Day” by Ray Bradbury.
The story takes place on Venus, where it rains for seven years. And then the rain stops for two hours … and the magic happens.
I’m not going to spoil you, but know that it’s worth reading. Just search for it on Google …
It’s easy to do too much, you know, in our effort to wrap months of planning and dreaming into days or hours. We have back pain, tools are lost and found again, lists of things to do grow longer, holes appear in the gloves, new calluses form, wheelbarrows balk under the weight of the compost, we forget time …
The Pomodoro Technique is a method of time management developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s.
It’s popular in office cubicles, but it also works well in the garden …
I shared the Pomodoro Technique after a student at my last Compost Academy complained about the weather: “Working in the garden, hours go by and before you know it you’re thirsty, you’re hungry. , you are exhausted and your whole day slips away. “
Here’s how Pomodoro works: Use a timer to divide the work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes, separated by short breaks. Each interval is known as “pomodoro,” from the Italian word for “tomato,” after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer Cirillo used when he was a college student.
In the garden, I prefer the 60-minute pomodoros; while working on the computer, 45 minutes.
There are basically six steps in the original pomodoro technique:
• Decide on the task at hand.
• Set the pomodoro timer (25 to 60 minutes)
• Work on the task.
• When the timer sounds, stop running.
• Take a short break (about 5 minutes) and then return to work.
• After four pomodoros, take a longer break (15 to 30 minutes).
After completing a task, using pomodoros, review what you just completed.
Do it from a learning perspective:
• What have I learned?
• What could I do better or differently?
It is important to focus your attention on the task at hand (weeding, planting), while performing a pomodoro task. Otherwise, you miss the point and the lesson.
In the meantime, here are two gardening tasks that may still be on your to-do list. Practice your pomodoro skills, rain or shine …
As Mark Twain said: “In the spring I counted 136 different types of weather in 24 hours.
First, let’s plant some potatoes …
One of the easiest things to grow around the world (aside from the scary things in your fridge) are potatoes. Before you plant them, however, do like the English gardeners: buy seed potatoes now so that you have time to cut them. That’s right, fuck them.
Chitting is not as strange as it looks and looks. This is a great word in Scrabble, even though I type it in, Microsoft Word underlines the word in red. Chitting simply means placing the potatoes in a well-lit area until they produce sprouts that are about an inch long.
Chitting helps give the potatoes a head start before they are planted. A word about choosing which varieties to grow: don’t bother going to the grocery store, where most potatoes have been treated with a retarder to prevent sprouting.
You will want to buy certified seed potatoes which are preferably disease resistant. It is extremely important. The potato famine in Ireland in 1845 was caused by a parasitic fungus that killed the potato plants. As a result, thousands of people starved to death.
Potatoes belong to the nightshade family, which includes eggplants, peppers, and tomatoes. Hard to believe that eggplants and potatoes are related …
In the garden, potatoes need plenty of shoulder room, sun, and fertile, slightly acidic, well-drained soil.
When planting, some gardeners look to the sky for advice, claiming that the plants do best if planted in the ground during the dark phase of the moon.
The moon is currently in a waning gibbous phase, which is the first phase after the full moon. It lasts for about seven days, with the moon’s illumination or visibility diminishing each day until it becomes a final “sliver” quarter moon with 50% visibility.
This is when potato growers get busy planting potatoes …
During the same phase of the moon, you will want to sow carrot seeds. Now growing carrots is a test of patience as it can take two to three weeks before they decide to sprout.
How to germinate carrot seeds?
The trick to making sure carrot seeds grow is to barely cover them with soil and keep them moist. Which means you may need to water the carrot bed more than once a day …
Here’s another technique that my sister-in-law, who lives outside Anchorage, swears by: she sows her carrot seeds, covers them with a little soil and then soaks them in water. Then she covers them with a piece of carpet.
“It’s a farm technique,” she says. “It protects them from freezing, warms the soil and you don’t need to water. When the carrots sprout, simply remove the mats.
And then you wait.
Maybe the pomodoro technique is good for waiting. … Reading helps: “All summer in one day.
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