Except it is for me… I need it. But here in lockdown level 4 the local shops aren’t selling it. All I can hope is we nip this thing in the bud – and all signs show we can, and we are, so as soon as we drop a level, I can race out to the hardware store and contactlessly grab some cement. For many folks, the level drop means takeaways, but nope – not for me.
I’ve been working on The Palace Garden. I’m not sure there is a need for cement in the veggie patch, well not at this point. But the efforts up there in The Palace haven’t really come at the expense of time spent in with the veggies as I’ve tried to be diligent and stick to my plan. I say tried as it hasn’t been complete smooth sailing.
Last Monday was snarled up with bad weather and computer gardening and I barely had time to set foot out there. Yesterday – another Monday, I did set foot in the garden, but thought I would quickly sow the next batch of seeds – the cucumbers, zucchini and pumpkins and then get onto sector one. But some of the earlier seedlings caught my eye, they were calling out to me like a kid with shoes one size too small. They needed transplanting into bigger pots. Well, I couldn’t ignore them.
It turned out there were quite a few that benefited from an upsize to a new home and I was there a lot longer than I expected to be. It is all very well when sowing seeds to think – oh a couple more won’t hurt. But when you extrapolate that across all the seed varieties you sow, you end up with an awful lot more seedlings to tend to than you had planned for. Another reason to hope for a lockdown level drop sooner rather than later, so I can pass on my excess seedlings to good homes.
So, sector one is still in desperate need of a weed and a bit of love.
Today – the 2nd Tuesday since I turned my focus away from projects and towards the routine of the garden, is rainy. But not to be foiled – I took care of sector 2 last Tuesday and it looks spick and span and good to go for the new season. I also managed to sort out Sector 3, but this happened across the Wednesday and the Thursday as it was bigger than I thought, and I had overdone things a little and needed to take things easy.
But this meant Sector 4 missed out on Thursday, but it is a small sector so it shouldn’t be too hard to catch up on. And Friday ended up being another take it easy day as it is always important to listen to your body and when it is telling you with everything it has got, to stop and rest, I’ve found in my experience it is best to listen. But I was ok with this because there are still at least 6 weeks before the garden gets fully planted out and with 40% of the garden good to go, then there is no need to panic just yet.
Saturday rolled around and while weekends are generally no-garden family days, lockdown seems to have thrown the calendar right out the window and it can be hard to tell which day is which – probably why I need a good routine with my sectors, so I know where I am. “Weeding the garlic – oh it’s Wednesday!” But besides – having everyone home 24-7 means we already see a lot of each other, so we spent the day doing our own things.
So, I made a good push on The Palace and finished the path. Well mostly finished. I came up with a design that would stretch the bricks I had to make the path as long as I wanted it to be. This meant a series of large holes in the middle of the path. My intention was to fill them with cement paving stones to finish it off. But I don’t have any cement and can’t get any. I did toy with the idea of planting a footstep tolerant plant, but it isn’t part of the plan, and I wouldn’t have been happy with that. It would have bothered me. Although I have a deadline looming, I am going to push on with the plan and hope we drop a level in time.
The new focus up in The Palace is the planting. But the weather this week has a wind warning so maybe the windbreak should come first. It makes more sense, but the plants are much more fun and have been in their pot’s way too long…
We did get some family time. The calendar jumble lockdown brings meant we almost missed Father’s Day. Hubby the Un-Gardener did get his bacon and eggs – with fresh asparagus and garnished with edible flowers to make it feel special. We took a long walk on the beach at the front of our place as family and one of the teen lads ended up lugging back a lovely bit of wood I found and maybe one day will do something with it if I get the time. Hubby the Un-Gardener didn’t get any gifts as the opportunity for shopping was lost, so we promised we’d do it all over again when it was possible.
So here I am with the week stretching ahead of me with a weather warning, but exhausted from what gardening efforts I have achieved, and a little anxious of what has still to be done. But that is probably how it should be after the first week of spring. I’m on the right track.
Come again soon – let see how much I can do with limited resources in a soggy week ahead.
Sarah the Gardener : o)