After much tossing and turning, I went up to the allotment this evening for what is probably the last time to collect my belongings and harvest as much as I can.
The sense of relief is immense… There is a saying in Arabic that if a draught is bothering you, you should close the window. When it comes down to it, it really is that simple. Hobbies are about fun, not about pressure and feeling bad when you stop to do something which is either more important or more fun.
Anyway, I’ve now got a nice pile of rhubarb, onions, garlic, lettuce, broad beans and radish to do something with. I also picked my first broad beans from home this morning. Perfect.
So my back garden is now my Wonder World. It is going to take a lot more work to get it where I want but it makes me so happy to see it each day.
The phacelia (green manure) has just started to flower. And having dug up all the garlic, I’ve sown some more phacelia in this patch of ground – after removing the brambles which were coming up there via the main plant’s root system, with thorns as well, even though the parent is thornless!
© Helen Butt, June 2014