First day of the month (That empty feeling)

Last month, I compared the first day of the January with the garden in July as I felt there was too little contrast between January and December. Then I looked at the photos and realised that in December the garden looked reasonably full. Well..

In comparison, the garden looks flat and empty right now! 

Notwithstanding, there is plenty going on in terms of vegetables: apart from the broad beans I mentioned the other day, there are still a few kale plants with carrots growing under them; then there is the miner’s lettuce (winter purslane), onions and garlic as well as chard and cabbages which have overwintered. 

Likewise, there are a few pak choi and purple sprouting broccoli, though neither of these look in the best of shape. The former are probably too attractive to various garden visitors and the latter were from old seed, but who knows once it warms up a bit.

The December garden

The February garden

From memory, the garden in March looks even more desolate than February. However, since there are a few things which should have grown even more, this might be less the case this year. We shall see.


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 (That empty feeling)

  1. andy1076 says:

    Won’t be long before Spring visits and more sunlight will come πŸ™‚

  2. It will come right. Somehow it always does. πŸ™‚

  3. It amazes me that your garden has been productive through the winter.

    • Helen says:

      I’m still getting used to the idea myself, Honey!

      • It is great to have seasonal vegetable almost year around. You are always eating some fresh vegetables from your own garden.

        • Helen says:

          Yes, we do have fresh veg almost all year round. There is the ‘hunger gap’ during the early spring, when before imported food, there was little fruit and veg as the old was finished and the new hadn’t yet grown. But now with polytunnels and such like we could probably avoid the hunger gap, I think 😊

          • We have wicked high wind storms in the winter with hurricane force winds our Poly-tunnel couldn’t survive it if we left the cover on it. We have it staked into the ground. It is up against a building and protected because it is between two buildings. The company we bought it from said it should not be left up year around in our area.

          • Helen says:

            Actually, maybe that is true here as well πŸ€”

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