These are some of the tomatoes growing in my garden at the moment- just waiting for a bit more sun and a bit more warmth. The anticipation is almost killing me! The thought of home-grown tomatoes makes me very content.
It tells me we have a summer! We have been harvesting some lettuce and rocket for a few weeks now but nothing says SUMMER more to me than picking your own tomatoes. I am looking forward to making a classic mediterranean salad with mozzarella, basil and my very own tomatoes- ya-umm!
There is something very satisfying about growing your own food. You know what is in and on it. You know where it has come from. It is as fresh as it can be. It is a great learning point for my daughter who is already out 'helping' me as much as she can.
It is so satisfying that in a reflective moment today as I was messing about and looking around my little kitchen garden, I decided that I wanted more of that feeling and that I could do so much more with the little space we have. I think more pots are the way forward for us. It may be a bit late for a few things this year, but next year I plan to have potatoes and a good crop of runner beans in pots, alongside my usual plantings.
But as I can lean towards being a fair-weather gardener, the best thing for me with gardening is that plants really can't wait. I am forced to go out and water drooping herbs after a sunny day; I am embarrassed into weeding if they get as tall as me or guilt drives me to rescue poor flowers being smothered by pesky weeds. I get forced out into the fresh air and occasional sunlight and as I work my way around the garden, tending to what needs care and attention, I feel the tension ease in my shoulders and my mind clear of most of everything! It is very healing for me to take time to potter and be completely focused on something that feels quite undemanding and relaxing. And who doesn't need more of that!
Any comments and suggestions on how to make the most of a small plot would be post appreciated. Stay tuned for 'soul food' recipes coming from the Cotswold Coaching Retreat.