And I still haven’t finished planting out the garden. I feel like I am in some kind of race against time to get it all done. Most of the time the weather is my friend and it is warm and sunny, but we get these occasional spring showers that blow in from what seems like nowhere, dumps its load and disappears as quickly as it came. Spring showers are the best kind of rain as they moisten the soil in a way a hose never could, no matter how long you stood there. Today I planned out where my beans were to go, but one of those spring showers made it impossible to continue. Either that or I’m getting a bit soft.
We had a full solar eclipse today and I kinda missed it. I knew it was coming, but I was working so hard digging out my old compost pile to make a home for my pumpkins that I forgot it was on. The light went all dark and funny and I thought to myself there must be something wrong with my eyes because it was like I was wearing sunglasses when I wasn’t. It didn’t occur to me to look up. Apparently it was the best full solar eclipse for ages and the next one won’t be until 2034. I’m not too disappointed in missing it as I’ve seen one before when I was a kid and if all goes well I’ll get to see it again before I’m elderly – provided I remember to look then!
But I got my pumpkins in to the best pumpkin patch ever! It was where I’d been dumping weeds for a year or so and then stopped. I can’t remember why I stopped but the weeds turned into this rich black soil. So I decided to dig it over for the pumpkins because they like that sort of thing. But what I forgot is I had dumped the weeds on top of building rubble. So I had to heave and strain and drag all these chunks of concrete out of my new garden bed. I have just left them lying where I heaved them to and will have to get Hubby the Un-Gardener to move them as they are too heavy. I’m surprised I managed to get them out of the bed at all.
The garden is really coming along now and we are starting to eat stuff and not just a nibble here and a nibble there. We are having meals from the garden. The peas are filling out in their pods and are so sweet and delicious. Some meals I don’t even cook them, and we just eat them fresh. The asparagus is still going crazy and the lettuce tastes so good that we are having so many salads. The radishes are ready but I keep forgetting to eat them. I really need to remember before they go too far.
Oh and I can’t forget to mention the strawberries. I am picking a large bowlful every other day, and we are eating them all in one go. The other night we each had a bowlful of strawberries that had been marinated in a little sugar for an hour so the juice ran out and had them with ice cream… so good! Tonight we had strawberry smoothies. The blender was filled with strawberries and a dash of yoghurt to give the creaminess and it was amazing. I love to grow enough food, not just as a taster, but to really indulge.
I’ve had my first raspberries, despite the weeds growing amongst them, but I haven’t actually told anyone yet, so let’s just keep this as my little secret. Besides it is completely impractical to cut raspberries into four!
The tomatoes are coming along and we are starting to see small green balls appearing where flowers once were. There is still a long way to go before we see any red, but it is really encouraging to see green at this stage. Everywhere I look is encouraging signs – although I avert my eyes when I’m near the brassicas or the currants to I don’t notice the goat damage, which is slowly recovering.
Come again soon – I’ve still got so much more to do before I can allow the spring garden to become a summer one.
Sarah the Gardener : o )