It may not look like much now, but things are happening in this garden. One entire box is planted with potatoes (thank you, Katie!) and another is filled with strawberries. Garlic and spinach fill another box and I have one that is now a cold frame full of lettuce, cabbage and cauliflower.
Meanwhile, the lower garden is getting ready. That’s where I spent most of my energy today. I weeded and prepared an entire new bed for ever-bearing raspberries and then decimated the compost pile to build a big raised bed for squash and zucchini – and lugged topsoil down the hill. I think I made at least 30 wheelbarrow runs – on one of the last ones my feet slipped on the hill and I had a nice tailbone-sit.
All of this in spite of a thunder/hail storm that lasted a good hour – maybe more?
And I baked bread and did laundry. What I’m saying here is that I feel mighty accomplished.
But seriously, today I rediscovered what I love about gardening – sort of like reviving an old passion that I stumbled upon when I was 22 years old.
I think what I love is getting a big overview: here is this huge space (sort of like interior design, which I also love) and now I have to do something with it.My job is to make it productive but also beautiful.
When I have the complete plan in my head – and sometimes on paper – it’s a matter of prioritizing the order of work. And then getting on with it. Every day I set myself goals and it feels wonderful to tick them all off as the day progresses.
And at the end of every day, the plan grows, evolves and changes – but somehow, it all comes together. A garden is an organic thing so it’s working with nature – I can’t work a garden like I do a room. I’m simply a partner for nature and that makes it even more fun.
So far so good. I’m pleased with how it’s coming along. I think it’s going to be a beauty.