|Episode 17# – How Does Your Garden Fair?|
Well due to circumstances beyond my control – l will have to shuffle the vegetable gardening plans around a bit to not have any leafy greens of any nature growing. My gastrointestinal health has completely rejected them in recent week .. this means as l have sadly learned over the years that these are food items l can no longer digest … bit of a blow in the last couple of weeks identifying once and for all that my stomach can no longer tolerate leafy greens of any nature. Over the last five years alone, my stomach has rejected maybe 15 – 17 vegetables and fruits and my diet has become slimmer as a result.
It’s a bit of a blow, but not the end of the world … Suze can still eat leafy greens and so her small raised beds can grow them, whilst what we will do is exchange certain vegetable schedules and she will grow some and l will grow others. I will just need to sit down and rethink …
We had heavy snow fall from yesterday early afternoon till 3am this morning, however, once the overcast grey wore off from the day, we had blue skies and a warm sun attack the snows and a heavy thaw out and defrost has begun [again] – yippee! Here l am typing this post 24 hours plus from when the snows first started falling again and already the streets outside and more importantly, the lethal pavements are clearing up. We have no more snows forecast for this week, so hopefully come tomorrow or Saturday l can get back out again without fear of slipping over and breaking something. Luckily l was able to rearrange my food delivery cancelled last night to be redelivered on Saturday night!
I keep a good supply of food stocks in anyway, but admittedly l was getting low on certain commodities … the delivery was originally planned to deliver Tuesday night, but they had ‘truck trouble’, so l hope Saturday is third time lucky and not the opposite!
I managed to get out into the garden this morning, also like l did yesterday morning – however yesterday’s work was spoiled and foiled by the afternoon snows, whereas today’s efforts should hold true. I am not a devout lover of snow as l have said before, but the courtyard garden did indeed hold an element of beauty to it ………. whilst l was indoors the warmth of my house and it looked like a postcard scene outside!!
This morning, l got out and attended to the garden once more, refilling the feeders – birds really need help all year but more so during certain periods like winter and the breeding seasons and especially during the times of snows and ice. It is little hardship to help wildlife and nature as much as we can considering how much damage man does to nature and the wildlife in the first place. We steal their grounds and their lands and wastelands – oh l know supposed ‘mankind’ – the ‘kind’ grates in my throat a bit has done this for centuries to man and beast alike. But it doesn’t mean that we should not help out and assist where we can. Which is what l do, l help out nature and wildlife as much as l am able.
I shook the snow free from the shrubs and bushes and the trees and raked and swept the pathways, and broke ice on the gravel and brushed up loose seed into the gravels for birds to find more easily and refilled all seed feeders and de-iced where was required and cleared, cleaned and refilled the water feeder. Shook free the snows from the plants, took stock of the losses and cleared carefully around the water butt to make sure the snows and ices have not cracked it. Below was the garden l first walked into this morning ….
I spent perhaps an hour outside first thing and by Jiminy it was cold even with all my layers and Wellingtoon boots and double socks and gloves on … and l had both helpers [Blackbird] and those waiting for me to get my act together!! [Collared Doves]
But eventually, the garden was as presentable as l could make it … it’s fared well considering the punishment it has taken these last few weeks with heavy rainfall, iced weathers and heavy snowfalls and there has only been a few victims = but they will come good again this Spring. The ground has received a good watering and l will soon be able to establish how good the water table is for this garden once the growing season starts … if l am lucky it’ll be fine.
... and once more, the birds of the courtyard were as happy as they could be …
…….. l will be so thankful to see the end of this winter and the arrival of the spring and more blue skies and sunny days and being active in the garden once more and start to reap what we sow.
Catch you next time with regards the Redetermined Seasonal Growing List thanks for reading.