Gardening Gardens for Victory!!
“Quick and easy to read gardening post!”
The Reasons Behind Survival Gardening 1 – 5
Part 3 of 5
When l realised that my shoulder was recovering last year, l knew that as soon as l was able to, l would be back out in the garden prepping up for this year 2020 and what would be known as Season 4. That preparation started with the compost repair last August and the rebuild started in earnest when l began to use my new compost system which was installed in October of last year.
I also made the decision at that time to grow vegetables all year round for 2020 and not stop the cycle in September which Suze and l had been doing previously. This decision then meant that many things had to be taken into consideration differently to a garden that was only producing for six months of the year. Normally we would plant out [about now [April and run vegetables till later September].
So last August l slowly started to build a list of what l would need and what l had and what l didn’t. What needed repair or replacing and what magical ingredients l was going to need to produce a super compost?
I now have the super compost and l have my garden ready for planting out, which the first early stages will commence this weekend coming. I have to constantly and continually think of the garden as a 12 month operation that will furnish quality produce for the table and not just a six month activity where we hope to grow some veg.
That takes considerable planning anyway …
………. however what l didn’t plan on, was!
The current climate and the events which have unfolded before my eyes over the last few weeks alone … l wasn’t prepared for that initially … however in the last four weeks l have made myself more prepared. I ordered more seeds, and a few other bits of kit to ensure the garden is able to perform … and despite even all of that – l most assuredly WAS NOT prepared for the last two weeks – but no one else was either!
No one was prepared for some of the following headlines …
But, not one to be deterred, in the last week, l have managed to buy the last few things which should carry me through safely into the end of the year. I mean EVEN if we do treat some of this news above as ‘Fake News’ of which there is an abundance of in recent times – still l cannot help but think and wonder – there is never smoke without a fire somewhere is there?
I have some plants on pre-order [bought first week of January] and they are due for delivery this week – l was checking the website this afternoon whilst creating this post to be met with this …. NEVER seen before by me on this site which is a Gardening Site!!
It wasn’t just stockpiling on food that became an issue in the last days before major lockdown either. Buyers were stockpiling on seeds and gardening kits – gardening has fast become one of the top UK sellers in trends with the arrival of the pandemic … many people had the same viewpoint – food shortages, stockpilers, panic, panic, panic! I read an article the other day about garden nurseries suffering as well ..
This is to be expected during a lockdown, when people are forced to social distance, when traffic footfall for commercial enterprises is not just greatly reduced but stopped and restricted … things will perish, things will die and gradually things will cease to be considered dare l say it but … normal or the usual. So even with the potential of fake news there are still problems afoot that no one can deny … it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to configure that somewhere … there is going to be a seriously bad problem with the production of food for the tables.
There are many reasons to grow your own, there are many reasons to produce vegetables for your table from whatever space you have available in whatever capacity you can … because none of us know truly – what’s around the corner. What restrictions there are and will be, and even if stuff is there – how long do we have to wait or queue to see it and will it still be there when we are?
Then there is the burning question …. who wants to be in the supermarkets or the grocers now anyway … seriously, really, who?
In the next episode l am going to cover Gardening Gardens for Victory and even if you don’t have a traditional or conventional garden space, there are many ways you can grow something even at home in small spaces. If anything Covid – 19 should make us really examine how and what we consume and then look closely at what we can do to help ourselves more.
Additionally, l will be starting a new series this year – a sub series if you will out of 366 Days of Gardening … called A – Z Gardening Compendium where l am hoping to further encourage some of my own gardener followers to share their experiences and tips concerning growing our own and together we can make a comprehensive guide that will cover all levels of gardening to help novice gardeners.
Anyway, until then,
Catch you in part 4
Thanks for reading – Rory