It’s time to give some attention to the grass paths – I love the first mow of the new season especially when I’m surrounded by fellow gardeners all pitching in to make our site a lovely place to be. Cake works well as an incentive. When all the communal work is done it’s time to play with ‘rubbish’ – in this case an old grapevine….
Cooking up a bowl of memories and comfort using veggies from the garden and a recipe learned in a Greek kitchen many years ago……the smell of the thyme as this stew quietly bubbles on the stove transports me to another time and place….
My excitement is starting to build again……a little walk around the garden reminds me that most of the hard work has been done and that I’m ready for a new growing year….I just need a bit of sunshine now.
It feels great to finally get something in the ground! At home I am still cooking with last year’s harvests so I hope this year’s do just as well……..despite the rather chilly, damp start to this new growing season….
It’s not freezing cold…..but the greyness and the damp make it feel pretty miserable outside. I need soul warming and belly filling food. Using last year’s stored harvests I cook up a big pot of chilli to keep me company during this extended winter.
When it’s raining cats and dogs and rather chilly outside there’s only one thing for it – play with the indoor sown seedlings. The peppers and celeriac sown six weeks ago are big enough now to move onto the next stage……bigger pots.
It’s been a tough three days getting trenches ready for potatoes and turning the field beans (green manure) in – not helped by such a wet winter. It isn’t my favourite job….so I’m happy it’s done now.
Finally I have the materials needed to finish the fence/deck area…….it still looks a little forlorn without plants but come summer it should be a glorious place to sit……
The season is gradually gearing up…….seed sowing and pricking out become the perfect rainy day activity. Today’s sowing session includes one of my most important and loved crops…..the tomatoes.
It feels like Spring is just around the corner…..and that there are too many jobs to do….but there’s still time to prep the beds and enjoy some quiet time with the birds.