I have a long list of things I absolutely need as soon as we get out of lockdown level 4. Level 3 is still pretty high security but it frees up what can be bought – it doesn’t need to be essential but it needs to be done in a contactless way.
I’m figuring if I make my list big enough my local friendly hardware store will contactlessly drop it all off. We’ll have to give them call to see…
The thing is, this isn’t some spur of the moment last minute list of things I have decided to do while being in lockdown. These are things I would have just popped out and picked up in the course of normal gardening activities and for projects I have underway. The scary thing is to add up all of the items that would have just been absorbed in small amounts into my weekly expenditure alongside coffee out and fuel and a pie on the run… To see it all listed out as what I would have purchased and will have to pay for in one shot, is kind of shocking.
Most of the items on their own don’t cost much at all and my garden budget can easily absorb $10 here and $20 there over a sensible period of time. By the time I can get my hands on these items it would have been at least 5 weeks worth of not buying anything in the busiest time of the year as a gardener. I guess I would have saved a lot in fuel by not taking multiple trips into town to buy these things as I needed them. That should make things feel a little better.
I’m more of a spur of the moment kind of girl and will race out to get what I need for a new and exciting project. Or I’m a procrastinator and will know what I need but the hassle of the procurement process, the reluctance to part with the cash, or just a busy life can prevent me from getting the resources I actually need. In normal circumstances this isn’t really a problem because eventually something will happen to prod me into action.
But these aren’t normal times and I need to become more like a squirrel and know what I need before I need it and store it away ready and waiting. You just never know when things will no longer be available. Life’s conditions should prompt a change in behaviour – not only doing things to keep us safe, but also so we can operate as normal as we can under trying circumstances. I’m not saying I should horde things, but I know what I need for most things well in advance so I should just go out and get them without waiting around for the stars to be aligned. I need to be like my grandmother saving string, rubber bands and brown paper, because you never know when you will need it. Hopefully my one-day grandchildren living ‘normal’ lives won’t find this a little odd.
So in the meantime – here is my list for my current needs and to finish projects started well before we were locked away and for normal gardening activities in my garden. It is probably not everything and I expect I will add to it before the decision is made to release us from this level (or not) next week.
- 4 bags post hole concrete
- 4 bags of cement to make pavers
- Lots of Paper cups (could probably get these at the supermarket)
- A lot of Potting mix
- A lot of Compost
- Roll of black plastic mesh large
- Roll of black plastic mesh small
- 4 sheets Clear roofing
- Blue paint
- Grey paint
- Wood for windbreak
- Large pavers
- Windbreak fabric
- Neta end drippers
- Neta in line drippers
- 4mm irrigation tube
- 13mm irrigation tube
- Windbreak clips
- Cable ties
- Roll of brushwood screen
Come again soon – I still have plenty that can be done without the items on the list.
Sarah the Gardener : o)