As a vegetable grower it is rare that I get any kind of instant gratification from the kitchen garden…….potting up my geraniums grown from seed last year and over-wintered at home gave me a bit of that….it is lovely to see an instant splash of colour and healthy growth.
June is suddenly here……….the garden is still a little behind compared with previous years but it is finally starting to grow a little. Despite all the recent failures I feel optimistic about the plants the are growing……and loving every minute I get to spend in my special place. I always have a little cat shaped shadow as I potter about amongst the green stuff……..
I had plans for planting up and sowing in the ‘cathedral’ bed……..I checked the weather forecast (checked it twice) and off I trotted to the garden……….
On another scorching day I make a start on planting up the vine bed. Donated ‘spares’ of tomatoes have saved the day plus the squash, cuces and peppers which were all started indoors weeks ago……….it finally feels like the garden is taking shape. A huge thank you to all my plot friends who gave me their spare tomato plants – the girls came good!
The first harvest is in! It’s always such an exciting time to lift the first harvest of the new season……today it was the garlic and boy-oh-boy did it smell good as I was lifting it. It was also a day for getting the last structure up and a final bit of bed prep……..and my fork prong found some buried treasure…..
After a beautiful soaking from overnight rain I was able to get on with preparing the bed for the horizontally grown squash. I had company all morning in the shape of the cats…..who were in a very silly mood…..but too lovable to be cross with. A quick check of the grapevine and it looks like it will survive…..
During another tough session in the garden I started to think about ways to make things easier for myself in the future…….and by making things a bit easier free myself up to be more creative in the space.
The gift of spare seedling leeks from another gardener has made me so happy………as did my trip to a local nursery to buy herbs (with a kindly given gift voucher) to replace those which were killed in transit. A ‘quick’ visit?……hmmmm…..there’s no such thing……once I am in the garden I find it hard to leave.
During a beautiful afternoon, full of birdsong, sunshine and gentle breezes I finally made a start on the herb bed sowings and plantings…….it is still pretty empty and bare but it’s a long term project and there’s no hurry……
Direct sowing continues as does bed preparation and structure building. The business of May shows no signs of slowing. A couple of simple acts of kindness put a huge smile on my face and a bounce in my step……kindness and love make the world go around.