growing

meet the crew
from left to right: calendula, tomatoes (gardeners delight), nasturtiums, courgettes (gold rush and cocozelle)

This morning I woke up at 4am. It happens sometimes, actually it seems to happen the day after an essay deadline when I no longer know what to do with myself and am overwhelmed at the new found freedom. So by 7am this morning I’d hung out two loads of washing and settled my lovely plants in their new home – to see if they like it, their thoughts… I’ve given them a little shade from a fleece so that they don’t wilt in the sun. I love them. They astonish me. I had many doubts about my ability to nurture and give them everything they need, enough moisture, warmth and consistent conditions but look how they’ve grown. Now I am slightly worried that I have too many plants for the space I’ve prepared. I could continue weeding other areas but I think it’s good to keep it small (definitely not simple!) as twice the space = twice the amount of care… (oh but I want to expand!)

IMG_0188My plants are growing very fast and I need to harden them off before I plant them out so that’s why they’ll be sitting there in their pots. I’ve read that this should take two weeks, the first week leaving them out only during the day and the second week during the day and night. I’m heading to France to do an arts festival MouvArt (check it out!) in the beginning of June so I won’t be around to look after these babies. Which also means I should get them planted out so that my housemates can water them easily and that they don’t outgrow their pots! I’m sure they’ll be enormous in four weeks!

IMG_0194When I wake up and stare out of my window and wonder around my garden (at 4am) in the morning I really think I’m in paradise. The birds sing so beautifully and the sun shines through the trees and mist creating such peaceful, abundant and nature-full oasis. I’m so grateful for this place, it’s really great to have my own space. I’ll miss it when I’m gone! Better make the most of it while I’m here and grow!


Today I planted out my courgettes and peas! So much for hardening them off over two weeks! Two days is enough for us! Well I was quite concerned with how big they are getting and they really didn’t enjoy hanging around outside and in their small pots as they weren’t stable enough. Today I planted them and put a fleece around to keep them a little warmer and shelter them slightly from the wind, rain and sun. I’ve also got some well planted bamboo canes in the ground which I trust will keep them safe. I love this photo below. I took it as I was almost finished planting (four hours later). I peered under the fleece and I thought WOW! This looks fantastic! You’ve helped to create something so beautiful, a place full of love and life. It feels so good to live here. I’m having so much fun in the garden and growing alongside the plants, we’re all beginners. I hope that the wall get covered in peas and flowers. So excited to see how they progress.

 

 

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