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I Gave Up On It; More Fool Me... [Aug. 20th, 2020|12:12 pm]
Tony Grist
We had neglected the kitchen garden. By the end of last year it was such a wilderness that I asked Matthew to go in and strim everything to the ground- and he did. "So that's an end of that," I thought. "Perhaps we'll repurpose it as an orchard or- with even less upkeep required- a wildflower garden."

But this year Julia (ignoring my instructions) has taken it in hand. The currant and berry bushes have grown back and she's nurtured them- and they're bearing fruit like never before. Also she's planted potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, onions.

And she's rediscovered paths I had no idea were there.

I've just picked enough raspberries and loganberries for a meal...
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[User Picture]From: mallorys_camera
2020-08-20 12:06 pm (UTC)
Gardening is a great pleasure. And a practical pleasure, too! 😀
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2020-08-20 03:20 pm (UTC)
I've dodged gardening all my life, but I seem to be coming round to it.

Having a garden helps...
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2020-08-20 01:03 pm (UTC)
Gardening can be a pleasure but sometimes it's just lot of grunt work. The part about 'fruits of our labors' is nice but the labors part...well, some people are meant to be gardeners and some are meant to enrich the world in other ways.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2020-08-20 03:22 pm (UTC)
I've become a gardener because needs must.

When we moved into my mother's house we became responsible for something like an acre of garden. Julia does the heavy lifting but I find myself taking more and more of an interest.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2020-08-20 02:04 pm (UTC)
One must have more than good intentions to have a garden flourish. Unfortunately, it IS a lot of work but with those berry bushes I would be in heaven!

Potatoes are easy, I'm told. I've grown many tomatoes in my life and they do need a bit of care but can be quite bountiful. One year we had so much garlic that we had to give ity away!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2020-08-20 03:25 pm (UTC)
Potatoes do seem to be easy. We'll be planting a whole lot more.

I've just made a tour of the fields and found we have a bumper crop of wild blackberries.
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