366 Days of Gardening! [E7 – W6]

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366 Days of Gardening!

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Episode 7 – Week 6

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I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it
I’m about to lose control and I think I like it
I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it
And I know, I know, I know, I know, I know I want you

Late last year, someone wrote to me [emailed] and said “I love your blog, it’s brilliant! It would be even better if you had a niche and a direction! Email me back l can help with that and make you so much much better as a blogger and a person!”

My instant thought was ‘Ha ha thank you fuck you muchly!’ Instead l emailed back politely with “I do have a niche in fact l have several, l have a primary, secondary, tertiary, quaternary, quinary, senary, septenary, octonary, nonary, and denary but on the serious side l do have niches!”

“Principally or primarily l am actually an ‘environmental and organic gardening blog’ – yes l am, with a strong motivation for composting and then l have a passionate enthusiasm for absolutely everything else!”

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I will discuss this properly in The Cynical Realist Blogger series when it starts next month there abouts – but l am all too aware of what my niche is and what my niches are and one of them, the primary is my environmental gardening and composting interest and currently you will have seen a lot of gardening posts over the last six weeks or so and this is because here in the UK, we are fast approaching Spring and the start of the gardening season – for me not so much the ornamental gardening side, but the organical vegetable gardening season is about to commence and l want to be ready for it.

Due to my shoulder l missed all of the 2018 and most of the 2019 seasons, so l am very excited about being able to have fun in 2020. I am very excited about it all – trust me l don’t often say things like that … as in excited about things. But l am very excited about this season and l have been preparing for it since last August and making sure that as much l can be prepared l am. I am a staunch believer in the credo of “Fail To Prepare, Prepare To Fail!”

So with the new season approaching l want to make sure that my garden is ready for my attentions ……. the final countdowns if you wish. Weather permitting of course and hopefully not encountering or experiencing any storm damage, after this next Storm Dennis passes, hopefully spring will be able to commence – either way – from next week l am seed sowing and l have a very full planner for this year. This entire year – after all this series is called 366 Days of Gardening for good reason, that being it’s a Leap Year and secondly l will be growing vegetables all year and not stopping in September.


A few weeks ago, someone asked me why? Why did l compost? Why bother growing vegetables? Surely it’s easier to simply buy all our needs and requirements from the grocers and or the supermarket and be done with that instead of mucking around getting dirty?

So in this four parter l thought l would address those questions and then in the next few episodes address my excitement and my final preparations for 2020.

Why do l do it?

Well there are many reasons and it will of course reflect upon each individual how this question is actually answered – however l am but me – so l will answer for me …

It’s actually extremely relaxing and fun to do. You are deliberately slowing your busy life down – you are entering into an agreement with both nature and wildlife and that is to enjoy their company. You could approach this like some on a spiritual level, a connection pathway or as l do and that is almost a religion with me – a natural essence and energy practice – a mental wellbeing exercise to feel at peace with yourself.

Working with soil is proven to make you feel happier and there will be more on the psychology of ‘getting dirty’ in another episode – but there ‘s a lot to be said about getting dirty whilst on your knees!

It’s also a fabulous way to exercise – you can burn off more calories than you think gardening, it’s a great workout and once you start a regular routine – your wellbeing and mindfulness shoot upwards in positivity. Physically, you are able to stretch and tease muscles you probably didn’t know you had.

Think about shifting soils around or mulches and this is very close to lifting weights…, as is watering your plants on a regular basis and moving around the garden with heavy and full watering cans. Composting is working your cardio and upper body. The task of simply mowing the lawn, backwards and forwards is like a brisk walk – many new to gardening are often surprised at how genuinely tired they feel at the end of the day.

You are out in the natural sunlight which is just a marvelous feeling all by itself.

You are keeping your garden tidy and organised and maintaining a natural essence and energy to the plants who pay it back to you. Gardens that are loved award their gardening companions natural beauty – you can tell a loved garden apart very quickly from an unloved one.

There is something very pleasing about having a natural garden as opposed to a suburban concrete jungle,  that you have spent time with over a period of time. Even after a short period of time, some decent work shows and it’s so rewarding when things start to pay off. When you work a piece of soil, turn it, fork it, turn it over again, feed it, weed it, nurture and mature it and then plant to it seeds and you can watch new life sprout – nothing can replace the deeper sense of pride and satisfaction that you feel.

It’s great for working new strategies out with, your imagination and creativity can run wild with a garden, if you can think it, you can create it and you can plant it and make your dream vision a reality!

The garden is a great learning environment, gardening is a superb teaching app that you can have fun turning into a new hobby, or a money making venture or a competitive edge or helping you meet new people with regards a community garden or joining a club – but equally it is a brilliant master class at teaching you how to be you and more importantly teaching you to discover the real you.

You are actively getting involved in your environmental and organic climate shoes, you may not be able to save the world – but you CAN make your garden a safer haven for wildlife and help them along to help you along. Composting and garden recycling are marvelous ways of helping the environment.

Remember by being organic, you are being ‘chemical free and taking direct charge on what is served on your table’. You are able to take control again and that alone in our world is a huge sense of relief – that we can do something and that NO ONE is ever too small to make a difference.

Buying everything from the grocers and or the supermarkets is NOT the answer and in another episode l will highlight why.  There are many pitfalls and perils with always buying into the whole processed food and additive rich market. When you grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs you will soon be surprised at the huge differences in flavours and tastes and smells and scents of organically grown food for the table.

Why go to a grocers when you can create your own store that is always on tap? Your organic foods will always be free of unnatural colours and preservatives and more importantly chemical pesticides and herbicides …. the end result is this … you will be growing food for your consumption that is safer and healthier…..

Need l say anymore?



As l said at the start ………….

I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it
I’m about to lose control and I think I like it
I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it
And I know, I know, I know, I know, I know I want you

Always remember – you are never too small to make a difference!

Plus it’s never too late to start today!

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Anyway, thanks for reading – catch you next episode….

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12 thoughts on “366 Days of Gardening! [E7 – W6]

  1. Produce fresh from the garden tastes a gazillion times better than the plastic, colorless, flavorless stuff they sell in stores!👨‍🌾🍅🥔🌶🐝🦋🐞

    1. Very , very much so Grandma, the other important issue is how long supermarkets store food for in cold storage reflects on its whole ageing process once out – it’s horrifying to learn that some stores have apples on ‘ice’ for a year! 🙁

  2. I love your email reply 🤪
    I guess who never had a garden before and never experience it, will never know how exciting it is to grow your own veggies 😉
    It is not an easy work but it is relaxing indeed 😉 Will be awesome to grow all year round 😉 You’re almost there Rory! Spring is coming 😉🌸

    1. Oh yes spring just around the corner yip yippee yay 🙂

      As to the email l received, l was like’seriously – who even sends an email to another human being saying ‘l will make you a better person??’ Ha ha l was very polite back, but sarky 🙂

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