Sometimes I feel like my garden isn't doing a whole lot. The daily work it requires often leaves me blind to the progress happening before my eyes. You know the old saying, "a watched pot never boils", well that's how I feel about my garden sometimes. It feels slow. Last Thursday morning I left home to attend some training for work in the city, and did not return home until Tuesday night. The first thing I did after dumping my bags in the hall was to race outside, with flash light in hand, and check on the veggies and ducks. My jaw dropped. I couldn't believe how much everything had grown. The morning daylight couldn't come soon enough. Once dawn broke I was able to inspect the garden properly and take in all the changes that had happened in just a matter of a few days...
~ The pretty border of rocket has now grown to cover the entire bed and then some ~
~ The beans are as tall as me now and producing flowers ~
~ The potatoes are flowering ~
~ Zucchini 'Costa Romanesque' grown from Green Harvest seeds ~
~ Tomato plants and nasturtiums growing at a rapid rate ~
~ Spinach, cucumber and bush beans ~
~ Carrot 'Colour Mix' grown from Green Harvest seeds ~
~ Yellow pear tomatoes coming on ~
~ Celery ~
~ Ok, now this has gotten a little out of hand to say the least! The coriander, parsley and basil have grown out of control... can you even make out those capsicum and tomato plants? I promise they are in there... somewhere. ~
~ The chickens can reach through the fence from their enclosure and have taken a sample of the spinach ~
~ Iceberg lettuce and spinach ~
~ Dried grape vine branches supporting the beans ~
~ All the green goodness just beyond the chicken run... must be tempting for them! ~
~ Spinach and carrots ~
~ Would you believe me if I told you I still had quite large bare patches ready for some plants? What should I plant next? ~
~ The cuttings are growing quite nicely ~
Having not taken any leave for six months (heart surgery didn't count!) I was feeling burnt out and loosing my sense of humour at a rapid rate (not good when you're a mental health worker!). Recognising this I took some leave from work and now have the rest of this week to potter around my garden, do some sewing, and spin some wool using my new spinning wheel. Gardening truly is a self care activity for me. It is a way for me to switch off from the stresses of work and spend an hour or two in silence with my hands in the dirt.
It grounds me.
To create something out of nothing is very special. To produce food that can feed my husband and I, with extra to share with others, feels like a real blessing.
P.S Just in case you are wondering how I encourage growth in my plants. The only spray I have used has been pyrethrum and that was only on the kale. The rest is all natural. I fertilise the soil by pumping the dirty water from the duck pond onto the garden once a week. I also add compost and chook poo as needed. I use bore water to water the garden three times per week via an irrigation system I recently installed myself.