Ohhhh…. Here we are on the eve of the most exciting gardening weekend in the entire calendar. More exciting that the sweet sensation of that first strawberry, crunch of the first pea or the delight that comes from the first sun warmed tomato eaten right there in the garden. This weekend is like all of those things combined and more. It is the weekend that has the green light for go. The risk of frost is all but behind us and it is an extra-long weekend with a national holiday on Monday for Labour Weekend thrown in for good measure and if the weather plays fair we have 3 whole days to plant the garden out! I’m so excited just thinking about it.
It was touch and go whether my garden would be ready, but it has been 12 days since that last flood incident and there hasn’t been rain since. Well there has been a few drops here and there, but they don’t count. So, I’ve managed to sort out most of the beds – well … the ones that matter the most. The soil is in that sweet spot where it is dry enough to be crumbly, but damp enough to reassure me my seedlings will settle in well. My tender seedlings have been hardened off and we are good to go.
I love to stand back and look about at all these empty beds, with fluffy soil ready to go. There is so much potential waiting to happen. It also looks quite tidy and fresh – like a table set for dinner. Come January the plants will be lolling all over the place, the weeds will be attempting to take over and the very edges will begin to look a little manky as the beginning of the end sets in. Kind of like that same table during dinner – half eaten meals, smudges on the tablecloth where small hands have been wiped and a spill or two of gravy across the top. But for now, this is the fresh start and it will be a good season because it just has to be.
I think I will start by creating the structures my plants need to support them as they grow. It is always best to do this before planting things as you find you need to stomp about the place to get them just right. There is also the risk of damaging fragile roots as you drive stakes in beside plants so it is much better to do it the other way round.
Once I’ve created all the structures and created the skeleton of my garden for the season, I will then with great care and excitement, plant the seedlings I have cossetted and nurtured for so long. It always feels weird to me to just plop them in the ground and leave them there, but it is what needs to happen and I have many plants to plant. It will take several joyful hours, if I savour the moment and take special care of each and every one.
As I head off to bed tonight I will be like a kid on Christmas eve, barely able to sleep because of the fun to come in the morning.
Come again soon – there’s so much fun to be had!
Sarah the Gardener : o)