SARAH THE GARDENER

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The Strangest Year

2020 was an odd year and to be honest I am pleased it is behind us. January started with pest and disease and turbulent storms in the garden.  Little did I know this would be a metaphor for the entire…

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Welcome to Summer 2020

It is no surprise in this topsy turvy year that summer is kicking off cold, wet, windy, and miserable.   It’s like it didn’t get the memo or it just doesn’t care.  I don’t mind a bumbling summer that is bit…

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Going large with onions

Well the storm didn’t eventuate, not on the scale the boffins were suggesting.  Well not here anyway.  So, it would seem I battened down the hatches for no real reason.   But it still wasn’t great weather for most of the…

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In the midst of the storm.

So far so good after last night’s wild weather.  I could hear it howling in the night and tried not to worry.  Gone are the days of lying there listening for the sound of a greenhouse falling over, but I…

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The Sweet Spot

Finally I have reached that sweet spot in the garden when everything is planted out and the harvest isn’t quite there yet.  The lull allows me to catch my breath and recover from the frenzied chaos getting all the work…

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In the midst of the busyness

For some reason this season has been like a problem child, kicking its heels as it staggers along slowly, not really paying attention to where it is going and wilfully ignoring the grown up gardener hand trying to urge it…

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Things that bring me joy in the morning

Up until now the garden hasn’t exactly brought me a lot of joy this season, more a sense of overwhelming, never ending impossibilities. It has been a huge struggle to negotiate the storms and troubles, and shout down the thoughts…

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First Proper Harvest of the Season

While I have been taking a few things here and there, like the globe artichokes.  I have been quite simple with these – just pick, wash and steam until tender.  Then we normally dip the scales into melted butter and…

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I think I’ve caught up with myself

Slowly but surely putting one foot in front of the other, the garden has been planted out.   It came as a bit of a surprise as I was just doing the next job on the list without looking beyond it…

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Not the spring I had in mind

You may or may not have noticed, but I’ve been AWOL for a while.  At the start of the season, it was never my intention.  This was going to be that perfect season in my garden.  I had it all…

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