People around me often ask me what I find so attractive about gardening. To be fair, these last three months they have often heard me talk about digging, weeding and, best of all…shoveling manure, so they might have a point. Not so long ago I would have asked the same question – to be honest, I probably did.
However, I am now on the other side of the fence and I finally understand the appeal. It is true that at first there is an enormous amount of work involved and, as I really wanted to do well, after the initial frenzied bout of planting (I got the plot quite late in the season) I spent most of my visits to the site digging and weeding.
I got some beds built and, after pausing to admire them, I got started on filling them…with the above mentioned manure. I soon discovered that it took a lot more work than I thought it would and that I could not do more than one bed at a time – and even that was sometimes too much.
On the plus side, I got to meet interesting natives.
This morning the weather forecast told me that I could hope to spend a couple of hours outdoors before the rain came back so I got there just before 8 o’clock to make the most of it. I took a quick look at the plot, another even quicker at the last two beds still to be filled and thought “nope…not doing that today”. I’m a rebel!
Instead I dug up the potatoes the lovely couple who had the site before me had left and put them in a big bag for them to collect.
I did do quite a lot of weeding then I went on to the fun part: reaping the rewards. I harvested quite a lot of vegetables. My bags were so heavy, I thought I would never make it home!
My first ever butternut squash! I felt like a proud mother.
And, at nearly 6 lbs it weighs almost as much as a baby!
I also brought back a forgotten courgette…
When I sowed a few green beans in July it was a bit late in the season so I didn’t expect much. I was wrong: this is the second bag I have gotten from them.
My first turnips.
I love it. Not only is it very satisfying but I can already imagine all the free (or almost free) meals for this week!