These days I tend to fall into the bed at the end of the day exhausted. I have been working hard. The spring has not been kind to me, but together we fall in to rhythm that seems to work well for both of us. Spring rains heavily leaving me pretty much locked out of the garden while I wait for the soil to dry out enough to work without damaging the soil structure. This normally takes about a week – but as we get closer to the summer it seems to drain quicker and now, depending on the size of the deluge, it only takes about 4 – 5 days compared to the previous downpours in early spring which could take 7 – 10 days.
Once the soil is dry enough, I race out enthusiastically and work myself into a frenzy turning over soil to get a nice fluffy tilth from a heavy rain compacted earth. I tend my seedlings out in the hardening off area and repot if necessary so they don’t become root bound in the waiting. I mow the knee high grass and trim the edges. And I rue the fact I have such a large garden and despair that I’ll ever get it weeded and prepared before the start of summer. With one eye on the weather forecast and another on the work ahead, I probably push myself a little too hard.
And then the next lot of rain comes as a bit of a relief and drag my fatigued MSsy body back inside to sit out the next soaking and drying cycle. By the time it is dry again I am restored, relaxed and ready to go again. So I have come to appreciate the rhythm of nature, instead of fighting it, I’m working well with it. And we must be doing something right because I’m starting to get things to eat. Not a great abundance at this point but a harvest nonetheless.
Come again soon – I am so close to having everything planted out, that I’d like to do a big picture reveal and show you the garden in its entirety.