Here is part of something I wrote in response to a query about my gardening experiences. I thought you might find it interesting.
Growing my own vegetables has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. When I was growing up, no matter the size of the yard, we have always kept a vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes. I come from a long line of English gardeners and farm hands, so most of what I know has been handed down through the generations. That said, I also adore reading gardening books. No matter how long I’ve gardened, I find that there is always something more to learn and something new to try.
For the last five-plus years I have kept an allotment garden. The small size of my plot has taught me to economize and take advantage of every inch of space so that I can get two or more crops a year from the same spot. This requires close attention to the weather cycles and quite a bit of planning ahead. It is something I’ve never done before, but in the end, it is more than worth it. Canning and preserving go hand in hand with this. When the weather is all grey and winter-like, there is something so very comforting in eating a jar of healthy canned pears you grew and processed yourself. I have found that when a garden is kept year round, which is quite easy in our climate, it requires far less time and effort to maintain.
When I was first assigned my plot, it was a dismal sight. The soil was loamy clay, and it had only the most tenacious weeds growing in it. With a bit of effort, some luck and a whole lot of love, I was able to get a marvellous crop the first year in.
I love growing anything that can be eaten, be it berry bush or vegetable, be it something that grows high up on a tree or a potato buried deep beneath the earth. Keeping a garden doesn’t take much work when you know how. It is simply a matter of knowing when to do what and how much of it. The rest, the plants take care of all on their own.
I believe that it is an important aspect to living a wholesome life to know where your food comes from. What better way to do that than to grow your own?
Today? Well, it's a lazy, tired sort of day. The cherries may be in full bloom all around town, but the sky is grey. I'm making a double batch of hot cross buns now that the recipe is finally perfected, and reading Kant. That's about it really. Oh, ofcourse, playing with yarn, but that goes without saying.