I have been away on our annual summer break. I do find Christmas and the summer holiday a tad incompatible with a fully burgeoning garden, however that is an argument for another day and at the end of the day getting away from it all and spending time creating family memories takes precedence. So, we dragged ourselves away from our lovely West Coast vista and headed off to the lovely vista on the East Coast, where the sand is white and the waves not so wild.
We were nestled into a great camping spot in the midst of the bush with a babbling stream where the sound of the gentle waves competed with the birds as the soundtrack of our summer. The Kiwi’s and Morkpork’s filled the night air and then handed over the Tui’s whose dawn chorus is an incredible sound, like being in a cathedral filled with a million bells. We were right in there with nature… with no power, no internet and a tent that didn’t hold up all that well to the torrential rain on day 2! However, once the rain stopped and the campsite dried out, we had some spectacular summer days where memories were indeed made.
Not having any internet or power and not being a great swimmer, I decided I would spend some time doing garden research and dragged with me some of my fattest gardening books to delve into and make plans. The lure of doing nothing set in the moment we arrived, and the books remained unopened and I am no further ahead with my new year’s planning than I was before we left… Which is no where at all.
As the year is over a week old now, I will need to schedule in time for planning alongside the doing and try to find a balance. I’m kind of looking forward to it as it means I will need to timetable my day a little so everything gets attention, which will avoid the boom and bust of focusing on one thing at a time.
The good news is the garden thrived in my absence. There was rain, but no wind. Thanks to the care I put in before I left, my tomatoes are pest and disease free. I lost one tomato, the leaves are brown and crispy. It is most likely down to disease so I will carefully remove it and avoid the spread. I have been using hand sanitizer on my hands and tools in between handling each plant and it seems to have paid off.
Everything else is looking wonderful, although there is work to be done, weeds to pull, and plans to make and a Wong Bok that looks almost ready to turn into kimchi. I’m not entire sure what 2021 will look like in my garden as I have yet to decide, but I am looking forward to the process.
Come again soon – I’m about to make some lists.
Sarah the Gardener : o)