First day of the month – and year!

Yes, there is a difference between the start of December and the start of January in the garden. More broad beans have sprouted, more garlic bulbils have sprouted, chard and rocket have been cut down (the latter didn’t last as long as in previous years).

However, I thought it might be interesting to contrast the garden on the first of July last year with today. Sadly, I think the garden will look barer before it looks green again 😕.


I think it will be easy enough to tell the difference between the six months in the main part of the garden. I realise that in fact the herb garden is not so obviously in winter, though.

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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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15 Responses to First day of the month – and year!

  1. Lovely update thank for sharing been in bed for 5 days with this bug thing got up to look after the dogs while David takes his Dad to the hospital were his wife has been for 4 weeks now happy new year

  2. It’s fun comparing gardens season over season. Your photos are small on my computer so i couldn’t see them side by side, but it sounds like your herbs continue to do well.

    Are you still on winter break from school? My youngest son goes back tomorrow, bright and early. My college-aged son doesn’t return to school for another week.

    Happy New Year, Helen.

    • Helen says:

      Happy New Year to you, Alys.

      Sorry the photos are so small in your computer. That is useful feedback… I’ve made them small so that I use up less of my WP quota and can keep the blog free. However, it might be good to revisit the situation. Apart from anything else, I need to go into the computer and see how it comes across to others. From my phone, I get a different impression.

      Anyway, I am pleased you appreciate my efforts at comparison. Even though the garden is a lot emptier than six months ago, in the height of summer, it is a lot fuller than it would have been a few years ago, I think.

      • Helen, no need to apologize. I had a free blog for years, too, but as I approached the photo limit, I decided to go the paid route as I didn’t want to go back and spend time deleted photos. It is an expense though that not everyone can afford. You were wise to start out with small photos!

        • Helen says:

          Feedback is good, nonetheless. It would have been a shame if you had gone through your blog and had to delete photos, especially as no doubt there was a reason they were in the posts to start with!

    • Helen says:

      PS I had a day’s annual leave today as my daughter’s school doesn’t go back till tomorrow.

  3. Karen says:

    It is fun to see how the garden changes as the months pass by. Wishing you a bountiful growing season this year.

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