Monday, April 16, 2012
the garden now
This is our garden right now. When I haven't been making enough preserves to last the year (or perhaps two?) or tending to the needs of three kids, or cleaning, you will find me out here. I've been trying to make the garden a little higher on the list of priorities right now. It's that crucial time to get some seeds in before the frosts hit with a vengeance. I missed that crucial time last year, so there really wasn't much going vegie-wise last winter. Just a lot of overgrown silverbeet. This year we're hoping to have carrot, rainbow chard, tatsoi, broad beans, cabbage, broccoli and other cold weather vegies. So far so good.
As the summer vegies die back from the light frosts, the new seeds are emerging out of our first ready batch of homemade compost. Which is really just a big pile of food scraps, lawn clippings, sheep manure and giant weeds behind the garden. I never thought I'd get excited about compost. But it is kind of thrilling to see that end result of beautiful rich compost.
But apart from the hope of providing food, the garden is my little escape from the chaos of family life. A place where I can hear myself think, get my hands into the soil, pull a few weeds and add water. Many watering cans full I might add.
I do think it is one of my favourite places to be.