We are in the middle of winter here, and fortunately we have escaped the long stretches of severe frosts we experienced last year, which crippled many of my crops. Today the sky is blue, and my veggie garden is bathed in the gentle warmth of the winter sun.
I can honestly say my veggie garden is one of my most favourite places to be. I like to peruse the aisles like a magpie, checking to see what’s happening, what’s ready to pick, is the nettle getting out of hand (again). Sometimes I just sit on the log near our fire pit (nothing glamorous – just a patch in the dirt where we burn stuff) and have a coffee with a book or notepad and pen and jot down how I would like next seasons garden to be. But it is seriously a messy, unkempt space. Weeds grow wherever they please, nettle grows in commercial proportions, there are no garden bed edges, and I often, purposefully, allow plants go to flower. And I am sure, because of this level of neglect, it has become a thriving micro ecosystem, offering food for a myriad of flying insects, not least of all bees, and ourselves. It is home to grubs and slugs and a million snails, and likely things I can’t see as well. It is vibrant, productive and alive.
It was so hard not to include all the photos I took in the garden, and clearly I didn’t try that hard! It is just so uplifting to see your efforts being rewarded. I shouldn’t be so surprised really, plants and seeds want to grow. Put them in the ground, provide them with good soil, sun and water, and have faith that they will grow. You will be rewarded with produce that taste even better that what you buy at a farmer’s markets – because you grew them!
I love seeing photos of peoples gardens – it is just so inspiring. Like a Julien Dupré painting, photos of gardens invoke so much life and honesty. There is magic in the everyday, the stuff of life. And there is nothing more perfectly ordinary than growing what you eat.
I’d love to hear what’s going on in your garden, so please share.