Puttering- pass time with trivial things: to do trivial or unimportant tasks in a random, leisurely way
v. intr. To occupy oneself in an aimless or ineffective manner. v. tr. To waste (time) in idling: puttered away the hours in the garden.
I guess this is what I spent most of the weekend doing, pulling a few weeds here and there, raking up leaves for the compost bin. I spent, or should I say wasted a lot of time walking around looking for my misplaced bypass pruners. I also went through all of my plant tags. Do you save plant tags? Some plants were long forgotten,these were the ones that just didn't make it. I have tried to grow some things over and over vowing that this time, I would MAKE it live. I ammended the soil, made sure that it was watered and fed and was receiving the proper light conditions, yet still it would die. I think this makes a gardener even more determined, so we try again. I had one plant that I became so displeased with, that I literally yanked it up and began to dissect it, knowing that the reason for its untimely death had to be in the root system. After not seeing any root eating insects or a horrible fungus or disease, I reluctantly placed it in the trash and said good-bye. Until next year.
So getting back to the subject, sorry I wandered off. Saving my tags helps me to remember what I have had in the past that I may or may not want to try again.