Family Garden

In the Pocket Handkerchief Garden: 28 May 2015


Gardening it seems is turning out to be quite a lot like parenting.  Partly in the plant it and hope and pray something good germinates analogy but mostly that it only grows when you’re not looking.

I find this to be very true of the children, they definitely only grow at night when I’m sleeping or wishing I was sleeping, and suddenly the pretty skirt and top that Kitty wore last week is looking a bit on the snug and short side. It’s only when wake up in the morning that I can see that’s she’s had another growth spurt, and only now that I look at these pictures having just flicked back to last week to remind myself that I can see that anything has grown at all.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

Yes, this is a week of not much change in the Pocket Handkerchief Garden.  If we were a book, these would be the foreshadowing chapters, building the suspense for the moment when the garlic is going to leap out from behind the strawberries and shoot for the sky, preferably with a lot of ominous organ chords and a thunderclap in the background.

Things are growing.  I can’t actually see any change in the strawberry/onion/garlic bed, save that a few more petals have fallen from the strawberry blooms and the tulip is starting to fade and can now be pulled up to prevent it being mistaken for anything more edible come July (though it’s not in a row and everything else is so I think we’re safe).

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life


And in the other bed, well to be honest, it looks a bit of a mess.  I want to clear it up a bit but I’m not terribly good at telling seedlings from weeds (or anything from weeds for that matter, I once very efficiently weeded my father in law’s primulas) and I’m also a little worried that if I sweep up some of those catkins I’ll take half the seedlings with me.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

So we’re just letting it be.  We now have a nice cover of spinach seedlings and a few good patches of rainbow chard, and I think that just possibly there might be something in the sweetcorn section.  Well there are three new somethings that could be sweetcorn, and a couple of other somethings that could be grass or sweetcorn.  I’m going to leave them all alone for a bit and hopefully I’ll eventually weed the right one.  That or doe anyone know a village show with a giant weed competition?

Joining in again with Soulemama

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  • Mandycharlie 28/05/2015 at 1:04 pm

    One of the most important jobs to do at the moment is to keep watering. If seedlings dry they die, the onions though is a balancing act, dry and they get a dry rot and over wet can make them rot too! I think little and often is the key.

    • Carie 29/05/2015 at 10:31 pm

      Duly noted – you’re my gardening guru!!

  • Kim 28/05/2015 at 1:05 pm

    I often find the beginnings of the garden to be slow in the growth area, but then once the seedlings pop up everything seems to speed up and the garden takes on a life of its own.

    Enjoy your time in the garden.

    • Carie 29/05/2015 at 10:31 pm

      Fingers crossed!!

  • Vickie 28/05/2015 at 7:54 pm

    Like MandyCharlie says watering is the most important thing right now. If you do nothing else then you should water.

    I am loving these updates of your Pocket Handkerchief garden Carie. You have such a lovely way with words. If veggies could grow on prose alone yours would be sky high.

  • sally 29/05/2015 at 9:00 am

    This is always my hardest time too, I do nothing for fear of weeding the wrong thing, but then it always seems half of my ‘seedlings’ are actually weeds and they grow twice as fast as the real seedlings and swamp them before I know it. So fingers crossed that’s not the case with yours (and I frequently forget to water so that’s probably the real downfall of my actual seedlings!)

    • Carie 29/05/2015 at 10:26 pm

      I think not watering was the downfall of last year’s very small bitter strawberries so I’m hoping to remember to do that this year!!

  • Marion 29/05/2015 at 11:18 pm

    It’s great to read your garden updates, Carie!
    I really like how honestly you’re writing about big hopes and just letting be. How I can relate!

    • Carie 03/06/2015 at 3:15 pm

      With my black thumb it’s really the only way to go!