26th March to present day
We love our garden. Being almost entirely herbaceous, with a mix of ever green shrubs and an old Apple tree, the plants and shrubs don’t need an awful lot of attention during the summer months. This has meant our holidays (away from home) could be taken whenever we wanted.
Covid-19 – From 23rd March 2020 we went into lockdown
As we could not go about our normal lives I wondered whether it would be the ideal time to dig up some of the garden and grow vegetables. A patch of ground which used to be an old pond had been covered in but had been left for a year or two. It’s almost like it was meant to be! On 26th March I grabbed a spade and made a start.
It was at this time that we had just eaten a butternut squash and, having saved the seeds, we planted them into a tray.
We found some old packets of cornflower seeds in a drawer and Tim scattered them in the middle of our new plot. Trying to buy other seeds online was impossible – it seemed the whole country had the same idea as us and everyone was out of stock. Fingers crossed we hoped the cornflowers would give us a show.
Then the butternut squash seeds emerged – infact all of them did! It was amazing.
Mid-May and thankfully Garden Centres opened in England just when we needed plants to join our butternut squash for our new project. We tentatively entered a local centre (with gloves and masks) and bought 3 tomato plants, 3 yellow courgette plants, 10 lettuce seedlings, 1 small Pepper plant, 10 runner bean plants, 10 dwarf beans plants and 20 beetroot seedlings.
Tim sectioned out the plot and we had a planting plan.
Friends recommended companion plants and these were bought and planted out too.
The tomatoes went into large terracotta pots.
We watered and watered and watched and they grew.
The photo below was taken two weeks ago.
Picking courgettes first then lettuce then beetroots then beans. They have all felt like finding treasure to me. They tasted good too. We have more to come.
What a pleasure it has been. We have learnt new skills and loved eating our own produce. It has shown us that during these strange times it’s possible to drift away to a more comfortable place amongst plants.
My tip would be to try growing something you can eat. It’s so much fun.