How does your garden grow?

And today, I’m going to be a total and utter bore. I’ve been gardening. Yes. Outside. In daylight. In… *gulp* …sunshine.

Okay, so, I may have exaggerated slightly for effect there. And I may definitely have overestimated the amount of the glary stuff. Let’s just say, there’s been an absence of rain.

Yep. That’s more accurate.

When we moved here nearly 3 years ago, we inherited a large garden full of jungly weeds and concrete. Indiana Jones never did show up to help fight our way through it. Oh well…

Nature is really a really important part of staying healthy (physically & mentally), and not just for humans! So I’ve been having a go at growing stuff in the garden. But I have one rule… I won’t grow anything just because it’s pretty. So no cutesy flower with some unpronounceable names. And let’s face it, they’re all unpronounceable. 

So, I’m going for herbs, vegetables and fruit. And there’s some really pretty herbs out there. And you don’t need a garden to grow them in, either.

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(I don’t have any gnomes in the garden – thought I better point that out!)

I did buy some seeds, but apart from my trio of blueberry bushes (which can be from indoors, apparently), all my other plants were, er, acquired.

And this is where I get really boring…

I’m going to list them!

Thyme & Rosemary – these were both those ‘growing herbs’ that I got from the food section of the supermarket. I kept them waaaay past their sell-by date and they suddenly went feral. They’re now sat in their own tub outside. The bees love them.

Garlic, Mint & Celery – I stuck some over enthusiastic garlic cloves in the soil. Up they popped. I had to be careful though – they look a bit like grass. The mint was a pack of cut stems – again from a supermarket. I put a couple of stems in a glass of water until they grew little roots. It took about 2 weeks or so. I put the strongest one in a little yogurt pot of soil and when it got too big, I replanted it outside.

It’s now planning world domination. 

The celery was a similar thing. Rather than ripping the stalks off, I cut them off. When I’d eaten all the sticks (try one, finely  chopped with grated vegan cheese and mayo in a sandwich or spread with peanut butter and topped with raisins). The stub was sat in a saucer of water until the roots kicked in. It’s now sat in a little corner with the rhubarb (which was here before we moved in), minding its own business. It’s slow growing, but hey ho.

You don’t always have to spend a fortune on plants, you see. There are others,  but I’ll spare you.

I’ve even got house plants now – first one is Spike. I have no idea what he is. Naming them after fictional vampires. Looking for suggestions. 2 yucca – Louis and Lestat.

Aand those seeds… one tip. Pay attention. Serious attention. And I was doing so well, too. I’d carefully prepared the soil, made a straight line with those couple of pegs and string things, made a furrow for each line of seeds. The works.

I sowed one lot of seeds and carefully covered them with the soil…

And then I had a “SQUIRREL!” moment.

And planted the second lot of seeds on top. I did wonder why I’d forgotten to make a furrow for them. Until I saw the other (empty) furrow the recommended distance away (thank heavens for YouTube).

Anyway, a lot of something has sprouted. I just have to wait 2-3 weeks until I can tell which is which…

Think I’ll go and talk to Spike, Louis and Lestat… They won’t judge…

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Now, although this is being posted on New Year’s Day, I severely doubt whether anyone will see it for a few days.

So – are you the first one to read this?

Ooh! A challenge!

As soon as you read this, why not leave a ‘hello’ in the comments and see who’s the first, and how long it takes!

I know how much you lovely humans love your challenges… Stoptober, Movember, Dry-whatsit. So let’s start as you mean to go on – Beganuary. ‘Cause once you begin the New Year with a challenge, why not carry on?

Cue quotes about always doing what you’ve always done; anecdotes about comfort zones, etc.

Resolutions or revolutions?

As I think I probably said before, New Years Resolutions were traditionally made on the Winter Solstice. Perhaps they lasted longer that way. Perhaps they should call this month Janu-wary, because we’re all a bit sceptical about anyone who announces a resolution and says ‘but this year, I’m sticking to it!’

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So how did this month get its name?

Well, blame it – not on the boogie – but on a Roman god called Janus. He was a two-faced god, with one face er, facing the past, and the other, the future. So in terms of reflecting on what’s gone before and looking ahead to new possibilities, he’s the perfect guy for the job. Well, perfect something. Essentially, a two-faced god of transitioning.

So be very Janu-wary if you catch anyone calling themselves a ‘god/goddess-in-training’ – they might be fashioning themselves after Janus!

What does the new year hold for you?

For me, it’s actually putting together everything I was half-heartedly doing last year. Getting more organised, planning stuff like fitness, and so on and so forth.

But looking on the bright side… I’ve always said that I have the hearing of a bat and the eyesight to match… this is the year that I get 2020 vision.

I’ll get my coat.