For National Gardening Week
Today is the last day of National Gardening Week and this year's theme of edible growing. To celebrate, I've posted daily photos on Twitter, plus some on Instagram and it's great to use this post to look over the week and see the visual diary of what's happening in my garden right now.
What you won't find is the confession I've waited a while to tell you: I gave up my allotment last year. I cried when I made the decision, but my renewed enthusiasm for gardening this year shows it's the right one.
You'll see from the photo at the top of this post that I brought my lovely Woodblocx raised bed back home. It soon became clear that I didn't have the right space for it here, but there is a very happy spot available for it in the community garden at Midsomer Norton station, which is where NAH has his steam engine. I look forward to going there later this year to see how it's settling into its new home.
So now I have an exciting new project for the garden called 'Bringing the allotment back home', where I'll attempt to place the things I'll miss from my allotment into my garden's setting. I anticipate it's going to take around three years to get things exactly how I want them, but I'm going to enjoy myself in the process. The pictured planter is where I experimented with growing cucumbers last year, which was very successful judging by the need for my Tzatziki recipe to cope with the glut!
It's heartening to see I can find at least seven things to say about my garden from an edible perspective from the entries I posted this week on Twitter and Instagram. My veg plotting is here to stay 🙂🙂🙂
Meanwhile on Twitter...
You may have seen the edible qualities of hawthorn leaves tested on last week's Countryfile where they were described as "peppery". I didn't get that with my tasting, but perhaps I should have tried the leaves before the flowers came out. This is what one of my commenters on Twitter told me I should do.
It seems the pigeons like my patio strawberries too. I shall be looking out for some stylish crop protection at Malvern later this week.
I've also planted out a new purple sage in a patio pot this week, with more herbs set to come...
My fingers are still crossed...
Gardening is great for being 'in the moment', but we also have to think ahead, as this photo illustrates.
What have you been up to this gardening week?