Last night I was too tired to even lift my fingers to the keyboard. I have been toiling frantically for two days solid. I have sore tummy muscles from all the digging (although strangely all the chubby-too-much-cake stuff is still there – I should have a decent 6 pack for all the aching going on!) My nails are chipped and the dirt has worked its way back into my hands, I am a little sunburnt in places, and I am just very weary.
All I could manage last night was a foot spa bath as I was too tired to scrub my feet and then I wasn’t long out of bed. The thing is I have to put myself through it all over again today!
My tomatoes are in. I planted 20 on Tuesday and another 5 yesterday so that is 25 all up. The capsicums and chillies are in – all 17. I have a good mix of mild peppers that should hopefully last us all year in the freezer and enough burning hot chillies to make a year’s supply of hot chilli sauce as Tim the Helper has now decided he likes the hot stuff too, so it’s not all for Hubby the Un-Gardener any more. Seems the kid is growing up!
I dug out the broccoli that wasn’t eaten while we were away and gave it to the goats, who were so grateful! I planted more seedlings for broccoli, purple sprouting broccoli, cabbage – green and red and gave the bed a good weed and a feed before I moved to the next bed.
I ever so gently set about removing all greenery from the carrot row that didn’t look like carrot. I really hate the early stages of growing carrots as you are never sure if it is weed or carrot and so they all have to stay there until you are completely certain, and until then it just looks like a weedy mess!
The lettuce is doing really well, and I need to congratulate myself on my succession planting, – so far it is a huge success. We are eating yummy lettuce and there is more that I have just planted that should be ready for when we get through the first lot. Having said that – a succession of two isn’t exactly a succession, so maybe I need to sow more seed.
Then I moved over to the odds and sods bed, which has the overflow of plants that don’t fit in their designated spot and then all the fun stuff. I’m a bit of a visual / doer kind of a person and despite looking up the planting distances for all these different plants, I just couldn’t make it work. Maybe I was just too tired. So I went over to the bed and used stones, plant pots, actual plants in pots and bamboo poles to represent where to plant seeds, where to put rows and where to plant seedlings and plants. After a bit of a shuffle about I got there in the end and was able to go about planting the 5 extra tomato, 1 extra pepper, 5 okra (never grown it before), a row of chickpeas (just to see what they are like), a couple of rows of peanuts (because I saw them in the supermarket and thought why not) and the leeks (who I just couldn’t find a home for – maybe I need another bed? Don’t tell Hubby the Un-Gardener, he thinks the garden had finished growing!) Oh and some popcorn.
By now the sun was low in the sky, the kids were home from school and I was beginning to lose the will to garden – well not quite. My mind was willing but my body as weak – very weak… So I sorted the bed for the sweetcorn with all sort of yummy for plant goodies: sheep poo and fertiliser and all that good stuff, and made it all fluffy so the seeds would have a nice place to grow from.
I told myself I had to stop now as my body was screaming at me “no more!” but as it wasn’t technically digging, weeding or planting, I played around with a hose and an irrigation riser and nozzle to see if it would water the entire corn bed with one nozzle in the centre. It seems like it would – when it’s not windy so it looks like it will do. I have found it is really hard to water well in the middle of the corn when it is really big. Well not this year – I have it sussed!
Then I looked at the broad beans. They have had it and need to come out. I have a bit of confession – I don’t actually like the taste all that much. I just grow them because it is something to grow in the winter…. Shhh don’t tell anyone. So I picked a large bowl full from a couple of the plants. I was going to shell in front of the telly last night but there was nothing on and I fell asleep…
Now I have go back out there today and sow corn, carrots, plant zukes and cukes, build trellis and toil in the soil for yet another day. I can’t wait until the gardening just involves, pulling a weed here, watering there, plucking this and picking that. This hard yakker is killing me!
Come again soon – I shall celebrate wholeheartedly when all the plants are in the ground!
Sarah the Gardener : o )