Seriously – I turn around and there is one day left of this first month of the year. The tomatoes are laden and I really need to find the time and energy to get out there, harvest them and then do something with them. I haven’t done such a fabulous job of keeping on top of the zucchinis and I find I have more marrows that I really wanted. The cucumbers have succumbed to powdery mildew, and I really ought to consider sowing crops for the autumn garden.
Every season is different from the last and this one is no exception. It was supposed to be the perfect summer, with ideal gardening weather, lovely warm sun – not baking hot, but enough to know it is summer and accompanied by endless blue sky days and a gentle breeze. Now don’t get me wrong – we have had days like that, but not many. I think so far it has been mostly cloudy, a little on the cool side and there has been quite a lot of rain, but the wind – oh how it howled! Luckily I learnt lessons from a previous windy summer so my corn is still up right. And I have kind of shocked myself that despite everything the garden is surprizing weed free. There is something to be said for keeping on top of the little weeds early in the season.
Apart from beginning to look a little tired, the garden is in relatively good shape. I even got out there and cleared out a weedy overgrown patch that didn’t really have much use. But I have plans for it and will be doing some hard landscaping – gosh that sounds so serious! I need to take care of drainage issues and there will be concrete pavers. But for now I have cleared the weeds, mostly levelled the site and did what I do best – put in a raised bed. But it doesn’t count as garden expansion as I want to plant flowers, not veggies – well… that is the plan for now. Having said that I always fancied a seedling nursery garden to transplant small plants before they go into the big garden, particularly at about this time of year when preparing the winter garden and the greenhouse is just too hot to use. So we’ll see.
But my lack of serious attention to the garden and everything else wasn’t down to the landscaping – I did what I did in a burst of energy in a couple of days and now it will probably stay like it for ages, while I process tomatoes and marrows. I have finally completed a huge project, which was loads of fun, however quite time consuming.
Now it is over I shall turn to the garden with gusto, and as the kids go back to school on Monday after what seems like forever on holiday, I shall do what motivates and drives me. I shall begin to write more frequently – I may even go as far as to say daily, as I find I will actually get out there and do stuff if I have an expectation to write something. Otherwise I find myself drifting from day to day and then panicking at the last minute. So the start of the new month seems like the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. It is Chinese New Year today, so this is technically a New Year’s Resolution – if I can borrow from another culture. However I don’t think I will go so far as to get a horse. Lucky it isn’t the year of the dragon as I really don’t know where I would get one of those – even if I wanted one!
Come again soon – join me as we embrace the last month of summer and beyond.
Sarah the Gardener : o )