This is it – the eve of the end. It seems to have gone by so fast and I’m struggling to remember what it feels like to be cold through to my bones. Now I’m on verge of complaining about the heat!
The start of spring is this magical time of hope and excitement – while the chill of winter is still immovably present, something shifts and the air smells different. To a gardener that smell is hope. There is a huge amount of hope and expectation wrapped up in the potential of a new season – maybe this will be the perfect one.
The good thing about journeying alongside you all in the Vegie Growing Challenge is I have documented the progress of the garden with each post and looking back I can see my struggles and triumphs and am reminded of how far I have come. I am normally quick to forget the things I don’t want to remember!
I’m also a bit of a shocker when it comes to journaling, although I have a copy of a 2022 Garden Journal right beside me on my desk – once again full of blank pages and good intentions. But when it comes to the Growing Community – it is more than just writing down what happened in the garden, it is part of a conversation with friends who understand. When something happens, I want to tell you about it and in return I look forward to finding out how you get on in your gardens – did you overcome that problem or how did you use your harvest in the kitchen… It is so much more engaging and rewarding than pen on paper (although that is useful – don’t get me wrong there.)
I looked back at my first post and saw my garden at the start of spring – which was mostly empty beds waiting to spring into life with seeds I hadn’t sown yet. (I'll repost that photo in the comments). I took another photo today – I tried to get it as close to the same spot and compared the difference. It is easy to look at my lists and see what I have to do still, but I can’t help but notice just how far I’ve come. The small act of sowing seeds has turned into a verdant and bountiful garden.
As we enter this last week, I have to let you all know I have really enjoyed gardening beside all of you – my spring certainly would feel empty without my daily walks through your gardens.
Happy gardening and as always – if you want to get in touch leave a comment below.
Sarah the Gardener : o)