We’re having what you might call ‘interesting’ weather in the UK at the moment ~ bright, breezy spells brought to an abrupt end by heavy rainfall, thunder, lightning and even hail. Not that I’m complaining ~ these are minor inconveniences compared with the natural disasters devastating other parts of the planet.
Despite temperatures rising to 20 degrees one day then plunging back to single figures the next, Spring is well underway: trees and shrubs are blossoming, the allotments we pass on our dog walks are coming to life and the birds landing on the fence outside my window have beaks crammed with food for their young. Ceaselessly active, it’s a wonder they have energy to spare but they chirp and tweet away, sounding particularly ebullient after a storm. Whatever the weather, they just go about their business with single~minded purpose ~ how inspiring is that? 🙂
What with injury and illness, I found gardening too difficult and painful last year which was sad. I missed that connection of being at one with the Earth, of nurturing life and getting potting compost under my nails. (I start with every intention of keeping my gloves on ~ but before I know what I’m doing I’ve yanked them off and I’m up to my elbows in dirt!) Then I remembered that one of my mother’s favourite sayings was ‘where there’s a will there’s a way’, so this year I’ve planted veg in pots on staging, where I can weed and water them without bending or stretching too much.
It has already made a huge difference, even though ~ after a promising start ~ my crops seem to have entered a period of suspended animation. With very little progress evident, I’ve treated them to a healthy dose of Epsom salts and a few kind words of encouragement. I’m hopeful that the better weather which has been forecast for the next couple of days will kickstart a growth spurt.
If it does I’ll post some pics!
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