Jobs before breakfast

Whilst waiting for my coffee to brew this morning, I took a quick look round the garden. And still got my hands dirty 😉

Everything seems to have grown again over the last few days, which must be the result of the cool nights? flood level rainfall? beautiful sunshine in between? Indeed, it is a fresh, bright morning here and one where I am happy to be pottering about outside.

Returning to the theme of abundant growth, I noticed that the tomato plants and broccoli at the back of the garden were overshadowing the corn salad I had growing down there. I therefore decided to move the container with the latter in it to a different part of the garden, as it would be a shame to pull up the other vegetation for the sake of a little salad. I didn’t feel this way about the rocket next to the rhubarb, though, where the corn salad now is.

I am amazed by how the rocket grew over the summer (cf Spot the caterpillar for photos). Last year, I pulled out what I thought was a dying plant (just a few straggly leaves on the ground), thinking that was the end of the matter. Then this spring the rocket not only started growing in the same patch without any reseeding, but it became a bush, with thick branches. Now most of it has been consigned to the compost heap but I’ve kept a bit in the ground out of curiosity: what will happen next year?



About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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