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It Doesn’t Take Much….

garden in July

My garden has been shamefully, shamefully neglected lately.  Call yourself a gardener.  Lots and lots of other stuff going on including a couple of big projects, and that I’ll be becoming a grandma in early December which is very exciting.

The bandicoots burrowed into a bed so I put off planting it out till I got time to fix the fence.  It’s been too wet to mow, so I moved the chooks on without mulching a bed, and it sprouted weeds so I put off planting it till it was dry enough to mow.  We went away for a week’s holiday so I let everything in the shadehouse go. But in amongst all the putting it off, I found a day, a while ago to plant.  Half an hour of mowing to get some mulch, a bed where the chooks had been, some seedlings that were overgrown in the shadehouse and badly needed planting out, a couple of hours in the garden.

I thank myself when I find time like this. It’s deferred gratification, because like everything gardening you don’t see the results straight away.  But it means that we have broccoli and caulis coming on, peas and snow peas, carrots and onions and celery for winter stews, spinach and kale to add greens to anything, spring onions and coriander and parsley.

Once you have a garden established and a system that works, it doesn’t take much. Something I’m very grateful for at the moment!

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  • celia July 20, 2013, 3:44 pm

    Serendipitous and wise words, as always Linda. I was feeling exactly the same way yesterday – we’ve run out of steam as well, Pete exhausted, I’m tired, the chooks are fading. We have a bed to plant out and the chooks to move, but we just don’t have the energy to do it at the moment. Thankfully, we have a bed of Chinese greens and lots of leeks and chard that we planted out a couple of months ago. I think the next bed will be the same – anything we can plant lazily (more Chinese greens, I suspect), simply because we don’t have many seedlings ready to go at the moment. The volunteer tomatoes, broccoli and leeks are all doing their bit as well in keeping us fed!

    How are you peas going? I hope they’re doing well – ours haven’t been great this season, not sure why…

  • Linda July 20, 2013, 6:09 pm

    Hi Celia,
    mine are doing well. We just ate a geen curry with lots of snow peas and coriander and it was very delicious.

  • Anonymous July 20, 2013, 8:16 pm

    What a reassuring reminder…even garden saints have a slack patch (and/or a very busy life elsewhere) now and then. Congratulations on impending grandmahood 🙂

  • Jude July 21, 2013, 8:30 am

    Congratulations on the new grandchild!!!
    I am still establishing my systems in the garden, but at least have found the passion to do it again.

  • Jason Dingley July 23, 2013, 3:18 pm

    “Once you have a garden established and a system that works, it doesn’t take much. ”
    I have you to thank for that! Oh and the chickens.

    Winter I do find difficult to garden. With it being dark at both ends of the day I struggle to get allot of time. The best approach for me has been doing a little bit as often as I can. 15 minutes is not hard to find but I am always amazed at what I can accomplish.

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