I enjoy gardening – love my garden and it’s a place I like to be. Away from the ‘phone and the computer screen. Growing vegetables is great fun – watching seeds turn into tiny seedlings, larger plants and then eventually fruiting. Of course, nothing beats the taste of home grown produce – picked just before cooking or eating. The flavour of sun ripened home-grown tomatoes just can’t be beaten!
As well as providing a dose of fresh air (and it’s been pretty “fresh” recently!), even potting up seedlings can provide some great exercise and burns those calories.
As we move towards Summer, we get an essential dos of Vitamin D from the daylight. Being outside, listening to the birds cheerfully chirping and the squirrels chattering lifts my mood.
Because of my limited mobility and restricted reach, I do need some practical assistance with certain aspects of gardening.
Early this morning, I was supported to set up a “work station” with everything I required to pot up several hundred tiny seedlings – cucumbers, sweetcorn, cosmos, sun flowers. These seedlings have come for a short fostering visit from my Mum’s garden – to develop to their next stage of life, to be re-potted and then returned home where they will continue to be nurtured and then…. enjoyed.
A wallpaper pasting table in the sunshine, a couple of bags of compost strategically placed, a stack of pots, some hand tools and my shower stool, plus a small watering can that I could refill from the nearby water butt. A large shallow tray at a convenient height where I could organise the newly planted seedling pots.
And I was ready to go.
I didn’t plan on the fact I’d work through a snow shower or two, but once out there, I soldiered on until over half the seedlings were repotted. Then back inside to defrost and enjoy a nice cup of tea….
Back to it tomorrow!
Happy gardening everyone!
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I can’t wait to be able to get into my blank canvas of a garden, got to get the access to it sorted first and of course the pandemic has been holding that back 🙁 but once the access is there, the garden is so huge, I have loads of ideas spinning round my head 🙂 I do plan to have a bit for growing veggies again too 🙂 xx
A garden is always a work in progress! Hope you get the access sorted soon and can get gardening!