© 2009 Lynsey

090 – Beware of the Tigers!

I’m entirely sunlight driven. If there’s sunlight I’m good to go. Doesn’t have to be particularly warm, but give me clear sunlight and I’m in business.

Around this time last year I built a raised garden using some recycled fence boards which I painted with recycled engine oil and then lined with recycled plastic compost bags. Marica and I spent the aptly named Labour Weekend lugging in buckets of topsoil into the garden. Flights of stairs, in the rain, in the burning sun, it took us the four days to get the soil in and spread out. Four cubic metres of delicious, organic agony. I’d start each day carrying 20 litre bins of soil, and by the end of the day it was all I could do to carry 5 litres of soil. And strangely, we had fun – we actually had a good time, even with the aches and pains.

The investment of the soil is something we definitely have not regretted – the resulting vegetables from our little potager garden were mostly fantastic – there were some crops we wouldn’t bother with again, and others were great. We ended up taking marrows (zucchini on steroids), cabbage, and cauliflower down to the local soup kitchen. I thought our small contribution would’ve been rather twee from their perspective – but I was wrong – they were really excited and grateful. Something to do more of.

As the season came to an end (and as the Winter arrived early and stayed late) we left the garden to its own devices – the results can be seen above. The silver beet and spinach is busy heading up to seed. The spring onions have flowered, some of the remaining leeks are not sure what to do, and the weeds are on a mission to take over.

A few hours later that landscape has been replaced by something more resembling a lunar landscape – bare earth (in this case though there are a few kilos of coffee grounds ex the coffee machines at work mixed through) with a good population of worms. I’ll add some more organic fertilisers and we’re ready to plant for the summer salads. And sort out the homeless tigers.

04. Every day is an opportunity to cultivate the promise of the future.
09. Every day learn something new.
29. Every day eat, drink, rest, work, exercise, play, love, create for your own good. And the good of others.

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