The seeds have spouted, sucking in the air
Transforming its carbon without a care
Powered by sunlight and the soil below
Together it's magic that makes them grow
That's nature's trick that let's us eat
You must admit it's quite a feat!
But if we break the circle and simply “take”
We'll be making a very sad mistake
Yes – it's June and the garden is growing, the slugs and munching, the birds are stealing and the voles are storing. And “ME” - I'm hoeing, weeding and protecting for all I'm worth. The summer will be coming soon when, thankfully, the plants can look after themselves.
It has (once again) been a very uncomfortable spring – cold, windy and dry. But now the rains have come (with a vengeance) and it's all growing mad.
My April students will be interested to see the transformation their work has created! Unfortunately for me they were not around to thin and weed the carrots – always an uncomfortable if ultimately rewarding job.
The pumpkins and squashes were hit hard by late frost. The french beans seriously depleted by birds and voles – despite the covering of fleece. The peas almost all consumed by animals unknown!But parsnips, sweet corn, salad, potatoes, beetroot, spinach, courgette and all the soft and top fruits are blooming.
My focus this month is purely on the garden. Current affairs and wider issues can wait for the moment. The story is told in the pictures below:
In the greenhouse the vine is going mad, the tomatoes are rushing upwards, the tiny sprouting broccoli seedlings are growing fast and my big box of basil seedlings are (so far) doing well. Next week the strawberries will be ripe and the battle to protect them will begin. Generally “life goes on”.