I must confess that I’m a haphazard gardener.
Each Spring I vow that I will be more organised: planting seeds at the time suggested on the packets; pricking out seedlings as soon as they begin to overcrowd each other, weeding and feeding my tender plants, protecting them from frost and slugs and nurturing them to abundance.
When Autumn rolls around, I find myself reaping crops that flourish despite the capricious British weather and my casual neglect ~ spinach, green beans, tomatoes, a handful of hardy herbs. And, of course, the humble spud. (When in doubt, plant potatoes.)
There are always valid reasons for my inefficiency. This year the erratic climate hampered my good intentions ~ a long, cold, windy start to the growing season, followed by a heatwave. I despaired of ever ‘doing it properly’ and producing a bounteous harvest, like the ones my parents used to gather in. But Mother Nature, it seems, is more adaptable than we imagine ~ which gives me hope for the future of this planet.
She certainly had a few surprises in store for me:
an early glut of strawberries, from runners that I should have curbed last year….. blueberries covering my one surviving bush, (for pollination to occur there should be two, but the other one failed last summer.)…..loganberries from that cane that I really should uproot, (planted, as it is, in entirely the wrong location)….. a healthy yield of yellow plums from twigs my neighbour gave me years ago (now grown into sturdy trees)…… blackberries, on wild brambles poking through the fence and nuts on the twisted hazel…….
And, to my delight…..
I guess it’s probably too late for them to ripen, now.
But, next year……………..
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