VEGGIE GARDEN OR BUST -ARE WE DOOMED TO EAT SUPERMARKET SALAD?
The excitement of springtime always brings a little insanity to our neck of the woods, which is the only thing to account for the Quirky Quest I’m giving myself and Hubby this month – growing a veggie garden.
This will be about the fifth time we have tried to grow our own food.
Like I said, spring time insanity; but also the confidence gained from half decent citrus (limes, lemonades, and mandarins) crops this year. We must be getting better.
To be fair to us, we are surrounded by many trees and therefore do not have many spaces that get the required six hours plus of sunlight per day.
I also think there may have been an issue with remembering to water from time to time.
But we’re older and wiser now and determined to show our little Goddesses the joys of homegrown crops.
Our efforts so far have not been met with huge enthusiasm.
So why will it work this time?
Recently a number of nearby trees have been cut down, which could help with the sunlight issue.
We’re hoping another year older will make us more responsible when it comes to watering.
My biggest hope lies in mythology. I’m not really a believer but at this point, I’ll try anything.
So I’ve installed a Leshy I made years ago to overlook the whole garden. Our veggies are in his hands.
THE LEGEND OF THE LESHY
Leshy is a Russian word translated literally as [he] “from the forest”.
He is a woodlands spirit from Slavic folklore who fiercely guards the land and animals around him, punishing those who abuse them. (If we forget to water we could be in a lot of hot water!).
Some consider him evil. He’s known to abduct children, but he always releases them.
He will lead travellers astray if they invade his territory.
All descriptions make him out to be a mischievous fairy like creature, notorious for shapeshifting and trickery.
He is known as the protector of plants and some people believe if you have one near your plants they will grow better.
Grab a cuppa and read this cute little leshy story from Trickster Tales: Forty Folk Stories From Around the World.
A BEAUTIFUL DISTRACTION
As the veggie garden is directly outside our kitchen window I decided to add a beautiful distraction in case the veggies stay true to past form and, well die. I don’t want to see that misery while I’m cooking.
The distraction is a pot stack – five terracotta pots balancing above a larger terracotta pot.
The stack looks like an amazing magic trick but there is a pole in the middle holding the whole thing together. It was tonnes of fun to make.
After selecting our pots (five the same size and the larger one that sits on the ground), and plants, we dug a hole for the thin pole and cemented that into the ground.
Next step was to thread the largest pot over the pole and fill with soil. Then we kept adding the pots, ensuring they were slanting in opposite directions.
Next, we planted a mixture of flowers and herbs. The result? A beautiful distraction.
Preparations for the veggie garden began with laying sugar cane mulch over the plot several months ago to prepare the soil. (That kind of makes me sound like a gardener doesn’t it?).
We didn’t bother with the traditional little, raised rows this time. They’ve done nothing to help us in the past.
In fact, we didn’t go to much trouble with our garden plan as we’re waiting to see if we can actually grow any vegetables successfully. However, if you’re thinking about creating your own veggie garden there are some beautiful designs at Better Homes and Gardens.
For great tips on what to plant now visit Gardenate .
So it was just an easy matter of planting the seedlings (we are so NOT up to raising from seeds yet!).
We have planted a variety of lettuces and tomatoes – we have had limited success with these in the past.
Also, we have courageously planted leeks (it said ‘easy to grow’ on the label), and snow peas.
I’ll give you an update on this challenge at the end of the month. Fingers crossed.
In the meantime enjoy this photo of the pretty part of the garden complete with our own “Gaston” the lady beetle. Who can go wrong with spring bulbs?
Have a gleeful week, Tamuria.