Sometimes it’s not always rosy in the garden. I have been busy, honestly, I have. I have just been busy doing nothing and everything! Of course the wet weather hasn’t helped and has made getting out in the garden most uninspiring and I have really felt lacking in motivation.
We all know from my previous posts I had plans, lots and lots of plans. I sort of got wrapped up in these plans and started to panic that I wouldn’t get them done. Guess what? I haven’t got anything done! Okay, maybe that is a tad dramatic, there has been progress, just very slow but I will be all set for next year. After all, slow and steady wins the race.
I joined my local GIY (Grow It Yourself) group, mostly to get tips and advice, meet people, seed swap and all the other bits and pieces that go with it and when I explained to the group co-ordinator that it just wasn’t my year, she came to have a look. She told me straight out to get a digger in and some topsoil and they would organise a meitheal with members of the GIY group.
So another few phone calls and another 4 tonne of topsoil was delivered and I hired mini digger to clear the patch of large stones, weeds and spread the topsoil. There was great excitement in the house that day between me and T and I’m pretty sure the digger man thought I was a little mad fawning over his bright yellow JCB!
Cleared of large stones, weeds and any rubbish which was used to fill a dip outside the back door and covered with topsoil
Another week later, the GIYers arrived one evening and cleared the small stones and weeds and within two hours the patch was looking so much more manageable.
My next plan was to build a fence around the patch (that’s a whole other blog post!) so I could have a dog and horse free area and not have to lie awake at night worrying about my lovely pea seedlings being pulled out of their seed trays and munched on by the horses and Lester digging holes amongst my lettuces (it has happened!). As the horses were grazing in another field I thought I would fill up two raised beds anyway and throw in 30 pea plants (which I had forgotten about in my cold frame) along with two Goldy Courgette plants. All planted with an attitude of ‘if I get something small from them, it’s better than nothing!’. The peas only fruited a small bit, mostly ate them raw while weeding, but last night I harvested 2lbs of Goldies which will be turned into a chutney of some kind, and there’s more to come too.
With the help of my sister we chopped down overhanging trees, cleared a ground elder, laid old carpet over weeds and tidied up.
Over the winter I hope to build and fill more raised beds, come up with some kind of planting plan (any advice welcome!), search for tyres to grow spuds in and work out how exactly to utilise the lovely stone walls I have.
Even though this year I failed with the whole being self sufficent in vegetables, I have a new found love of flowers which did quite well for me this year!
We all know that any kind of gardening is good for the soul so I will leave you with this nugget!
You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.