It is now winter. It is cold and wet. After coming back from my “semi-tropical” cruise – well it is winter in Australia too, so it was only slightly warmer than home for the most part and quite choppy at sea. I even had to resort to seasick pills at one point, although I appreciate it is hard to feel sorry for me having a hardship on a luxury trip. Anyway I have arrived home and not only was my garden neglected while we were away, it was neglected in the weeks prior as I ran about the place organising everything that needed to be organised in order for us to be away for that long and then neglected in the week of our return as I recovered and restored order in our wee world – ie loads of dirty laundry.
So I have come home to a wet, soggy, overgrown mess of a garden and it really needs a lot of love and attention in order for it to be something to be proud of once again. In years gone by I would have just walked away from my summer garden and ignored it until the spring, but I have since discovered two things….
- Doing that makes it hard work to sort out in the spring and A LOT of digging and weeding is needed to get it ready for the new crops. And Hubby the Un-Gardener doesn’t really like doing loads of digging – he just does it because he loves me. It is much easier to keep on top of it all year.
- There are loads of cool things that can be grown in the garden in the winter like Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, kale, carrots, peas, beetroot, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower. The list goes on and on.
It takes a passionate (read crazy) kind of gardener to be out there in the freezing cold of winter, but luckily I am that nutter. And to keep me motivated to go outside when it would be warmer and drier and much more preferable to stay inside, I made a bold announcement on my website (sarahthegardener.co.nz) and on my facebook (look me up: Sarah the Gardener) that I would blog everyday over the winter.
Now this does scare me a little – has my enthusiastic fingers typed out a promise my poor body won’t be able to keep. At this point I am sceptically confident, although a Wordless Wednesday style post may come to my rescue on a freezing Friday.
So stick with me as I have loads of cool projects I want to do before sun shines warmly again and if you have notifications of my posts arriving in your inbox then I apology in advance for clogging it up.
There I said it. Out loud to actual people, so I shall have to follow through or face shame and humiliation. I shall be blogging daily for the duration of the winter.
Come again…. Tomorrow. Oh the fun we’ll have.
Sarah the Gardener : o )