A new garden bed of fresh, light, fluffy soil is a sight to behold. Even though I had pressing commitments waiting inside making me feel more and more guilty as the days draw on, a freshly made bed is something that just can’t be ignored.
I made a bit of a compromise with myself. If I spent a good few hours doing my dreaded accounts then I could spend the afternoon playing – err I mean gardening, in my new garden bed. Gardening is a serious business. I am providing food for the future. Good quality food at that!
So I raced through my tasks and rewarded myself with the first of my gardening endeavours – a trip to the garden centre to stock up on compost, blood and bone and fertilisers. I really should sort out my compost system so I get enough for my garden but it is on the project list for when the task list gets completed, so who knows when that will be.
I only got slightly distracted at the garden centre and bought a couple of clearance spring bulbs that should have been in the ground in April. But the flowers on the packet looked pretty and they were cheap!
Once I got home I emptied the bags of compost into the bed along with a good helping of loads of blood and bone, fertilizer and sheep poo pellets and mixed it all in. Then I finally liberated my leeks and they are growing freely in open soil and about time too.
I also planted some spring onion Ishikura as they were the closest thing I could find to the Spanish calcots. The Spanish have a huge festival in Catalonia, to celebrate the spring and have a massive BBQ and grill loads of spring onions and generally have a good time. Brother the Chef went along this spring (my last autumn) and said it was loads of fun, so I can’t think of a better way to ring in the spring by having a big BBQ’ed spring onion party – Spanish style, with Japanese spring onions, in New Zealand.
So all in all it was a great day. I got my hands dirty and planted some green things and got to cross something off my list.
Come again soon – we still haven’t had that turnip soup from the top of the list.
Sarah the Gardener : o )