Saturday, October 30, 2010

I have difficulty letting go

Now it's the height of spring, the winter vegetables and herbs have bolted with the return of the sun and plentiful rain.

Reluctantly I annex a runway down the centre of the 9 square metre of garden to plant tomatoes. One Grosse Lisse and two of my favourites, Tommy Toes.

This means pulling up yet more man-sized patches of nettles. The sting is still virulent months after the plant is removed from the soil. (Note to self: If I'm to insist on letting the nettles grow of their own accord I really must plant some dock).

The kale has gone to flower. I'm enjoying the splash of yellow out my backdoor too much to unearth them as yet. The coriander, I bargain, can stay til there are seeds to harvest. The parsley is still edible, though the flavour grows stronger and more bitter by the day.

But really, I just can't let go.

Gardening, even on such a miniscule scale is like having a living Buddhist parable on my doorstep. One moment it looks perfect. Young green leaves to eat in salad, plump grapes on the vine. Weeds banished. The next, the fruit is rotting. The weeds have taken over. The herbs have bolted.

Impermanence.

Despite knowing nothing stays the same, that there is no point holding onto the past, I'm not ready to pull out the spent winter plants yet.

Just another week of soaking in their soothing shades of green.

Or until the tomatoes have grown enough.


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6 Comments:

Blogger Johanna GGG said...

am sure your garden will be all change after all today's rain - and for us humans the rain is so much easier to deal with when it is not so cold

5:18 pm  
Blogger Pixie said...

hey I just planted a tommy toe, and a couple of supersteaks. I reckon mine wil be ready a couple of months after yours!! I have leeks and spinnach aplenty tho!

5:55 pm  
Blogger Bryan said...

Quite like your description of an ever-changing garden landscape. I only have a balcony so won't get the joys of seeing the plants change through the seasons. I might start up a balcony herb garden next year!

7:43 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

JGGG - though a 4 day long weekend with relentless rain may be a bit much.
Pixie - you'll see it's progress in January!
Bryan - welcome and thanks. Herbs should grow well on a balcony.

9:30 am  
Anonymous lisa said...

Still thinking about your amazing garden-box... I love it!

8:38 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Lisa - it's doubled in size in the 2 weeks since that photo was taken. Weather too wet to actually rip out the kale etc yet. You'll have to come around and see it when it's in full summer mode.

9:23 pm  

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