Working the land

If it wasn’t quite so cold, and the daylight hours so short, I could think it was summer. We’ve certainly had more reliable sunshine this week than we did over summer.

With a bit of luck, I’ll even be able to do some of the larger outside jobs this weekend. We can definitely get out in the garden. That’s great, because I want to plant some garlic, and maybe onions as well. Since both garlic and onions naturally repel pests to some degree, I wonder if planting them among the kale and silverbeet would discourage the pests from munching on these leafy greens as well.

I’ve largely ignored the garden lately, other than weeding a bit in each of the last two weekends. My heart just hasn’t been in it, and my head’s been somewhere else entirely. However the nice weather this week – and answers to a couple of big questions about my day job – have brought both my heart and my head back home.

Despite this neglect, the garden is generally growing well and looking good. Yesterday I transplanted lots of bok choi – a necessary step after simply throwing half a packet of seed on the ground resulted in a much higher strike rate than I’d imagined.

I love the fact that I’m able to grow food on our land. Even though it’s a challenge at this time of year – when weekends are my only chance to see the garden in daylight – it’s worth the effort. Now it’s time to roll up my sleeves and get to work.

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