Let the season begin.

Oh I was in my element today. I got to spend the day in the garden, completely uninterrupted and without the need to rush.  I just pottered about the place at an unhurried pace and enjoyed every single moment.

The old bean bed
I do love a freshly cleared bed, and now all trace of the beans that where once there are gone and the spuds will be happy to call this home in a few months.

While it looks like there is a lot to be done in the garden, all of the work I put in before I had my wee fall is masked by grass grazing my shins calling to me “mow me, mow me.”  Or at least that is what I hope the grass is saying as it swishes in the light breeze.

Lemongrass n the herb bed
The lemongrass in the herb bed is flourishing, although I did have to give it a bit of a haircut as it was threatening to set seed and I’m not in a hurry to have lemongrass as a weed throughout the garden.

Ordinarily I take notes on my google calendar at the end of the day so if I want to look for something I’ve done in the past I can search for it easily.  It seems simple enough, but I get a bit knackered at the end of the day and so sometimes (often) I don’t get round to doing it.  Now I know documenting the garden is important and it is always my intention to keep detailed records, but it is best to find a system that actually works for you, rather than ended up as a big basket of ‘should haves’ and ‘would haves.’  That would be no good to me if I wanted to know when I started off my seeds or harvested my peanuts.

Aparagus fronds ready to chop down
After mid summer the asparagus harvest should cease and it should be allowed to grow freely into great fronds which will re-energize the crown. Once they turn yellow in winter then they are ready to chop down to ground level

This time I’ve decided to keep a notebook in the garden, in the greenhouse.  Not a fancy one, because it will get covered in dirt and possibly even a little wet.   The first entry in the book was a big list.  I wandered past each bed with the notebook in hand and wrote down what it would take to get the bed to the place it should be for this time of year.  Some beds required a gentle weed, others had cover crops in need of digging in.  Shamefully some beds still require the remains of the previous season to be whisked away.   As each task is completed I pop back into the greenhouse and write down what I’ve just done.  So far so good.  I have challenged myself to keep it up all season.   Record keeping is as just as valuable as a task as keeping weeds at bay.

Enriched asparagus beds
Once the fronds have been removed, top up the beds with well rotted organic material, compost and your favourite soil enrichment’s and suppliments

One of the tasks that found itself recorded on the page was most exciting.  I have sown my onion seeds.  The old wife’s tale suggests planting onion on the shortest day ready for harvest on the longest day in 6 months’ time.  But it isn’t essential and anytime in winter is a good time.

Onion seeds beginning a great journey
Onion seeds beginning a great journey

Sowing these seeds signifies more than just getting my onions off to a good start.  It means the 2016 – 2017 growing season is now officially underway!  These tiny black seeds will grow to be the first major harvest of the new season.   There will be other things, like the broad beans I’ve already started in the garden, but we don’t really like them all that much and so they don’t count.  There will also be crops that come ready before the onions that will have been sown in the spring like spinach, radish and peas.

Broad beans
The broad beans are looking fab. I am determined to fall in love with these eventually.

But sowing those seeds creates a continuous link through the worst of the cold weather to come and when we emerge into warmer weather the onions will be there ready and waiting to be harvested and surrounding them will be fledgling tomatoes, peppers, squash, melons and sweetcorn.  The growing season will be in full swing.

With the shortest day less than a week away, the evenings are about as dark as they’ll get and then each day will offer a moment or two of more light to ease the gloom of winter.   There are so many things to look forward to right now.

Come again soon – the garden is loving the attention.

Sarah the Gardener  : o)

11 thoughts on “Let the season begin.

  1. Nice to see someone loving garden work. My husband and I are working on our half acre garden. Have lots of blueberries and blackberries we are picking right now. love being out in nature.

    1. Hi Peggy, when the weather is a little chilly outside I always hesitate about going out there, but once I get started I wonder why I was so hesitant. I do love my garden.
      Enjoy your blue berries – Yummo!
      Cheers Sarah : o)

  2. Awesome update thank you for sharing have a blessed day I just come in from using the hedge trimmer to cut my very front bit of grass it looks good should of done a before and after photo but should allow the wildflowers to come thought as the grass was taking over

  3. Sarah I never liked Broad Beans as a kid and the Mum cooked them BUT when my late fiancee introduced me to his home grown ones I was hooked. I grow them and let the pods get big then pod them as one would peas. Cook same as beans. Yummy I love them now

    1. Hi Carol I do have to say they are slowly growing on me, but not enough to grow as many plants as you do! All the best with your season this year – I’m looking forward to watching your garden grow.
      Cheers Sarah : o)

  4. Wow your broadbeans are looking fab! I harvested my last lot a couple of months ago, new seeds are in the ground now. Such a great plant for harvest, I even included some of my favourite recipes for them in my post,

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