But I’m going to try and do 30 beds in 30 days! And the challenge started yesterday. I am sitting here with sore aching muscles. Initially I thought it was the foreign lurgy I brought home from our trip as a souvenir. Then it occurred to me – this is what hard work feels like! I have been so crazy busy on other projects and activities that the poor old garden has taken a bit of a back seat.
There was a point where I thought I’d be spring ready the earliest I’d ever been – in mid autumn. But then all the crazy kicked in and I had no choice but to turn my back on my lovely garden. Well not any more. Crazy busy has been kicked to the curb and Sarah the Gardener is gardening again and it feels good – if not a little achy and the dirt has got under my nails and into my fingers despite starting out wearing gloves! Oh I’ll admit it. I’m not me without some kinda dirt under my nails.
It was such a lovely day, a little chilly to start, but nothing that could be called freezing and as I wandered around wondering where to start, this silly little challenge popped into my head – 30 beds in 30 days. It seems like a great idea to reclaim what crazy took and I set about making a few rules for myself. It’s not one a day as that can be impossible some days. Take today for instance – I shall be stuck inside, probably all day, doing accounts that didn’t get done while we were away and paying people that may not have been paid either. Opps. If you are one of these poor souls then I am profoundly sorry. My workspace overlooks the garden so I imagine I shall sigh a lot – especially if the sun is shining again.
So it is in the rules to do as may beds as I can in a day, to make up for the days that I don’t get any done. So I guess that leaves the only other rule – have the garden looking ship shape in 30 days. I’m not actually sure how many beds I actually have. I am too afraid to count, although I think it is around thirty-ish.
So far I am three and a half down. I have to admit – I started with the easy ones. The asparagus beds are small, but there are two of them, so I cut down the yellowing foliage and gave it a weed. The sneaky thing had gone and self-seeded everywhere. But that saves me a job. So I whipped a few out so I have spares for any gaps in the spring or to share. I still have to feed them and tuck them in with a layer of good compost, but I have been offered as much cow poo as I want – delivered by the tractor scoop load, so I have to wait. I am happy to wait for poo!
Then the old corn bed just needed a light weed and the soil turning over – easy peasy. It was done in a flash with no real drama. The spuds will go in there next so I might spread some poo there too.
After that, my conscious started to prick at me. I needed to clear away the tomatoes. They shouldn’t still be there and they were on borrowed time anyway, but the frost took care them while I was away and the chance of a last late tomato went with it! The fact they were a soggy, dismal eyesore wasn’t the problem. The thing is the onions and garlic need the spot imminently. Although this in itself created a problem.
By my calculations I should have sown my onion seeds on the 7th of May. This allows for the post-Christmas delay so I can harvest at my leisure and us being away recently. But I couldn’t leave seedlings in the care of others – it was just a bit too much to ask, so I decided to buy seedlings on my return. I took a break from the weeding and set out today to pick some up, but I either couldn’t find any or they were just too manky. There was nothing for it so I grabbed a whole lot of seeds and had them in seed raising mix as fast as I could. These seeds are on borrowed time. The shortest day is about two and a half weeks away – which is when you should plant them out, plus two and a half weeks to allow for Christmas, the holidays, unpacking and getting the laundry done. They need to get to 10 – 15 cm tall in five weeks! Grow little seeds – grow like the wind!
So not wanting to leave a job undone, the tomato bed is half done and hopefully will be ready to receive onions in five and a half weeks. Other beds will fall into line too, as I tame my jungle. Not today, but within the next 30 days.
Come again soon – I may even find out exactly how many beds I do have… ooo scary!
Sarah the Gardener : o )