The theme for April’s Garden Share Collective is SAVE. I thought of writing about saving seeds, or saving money, or preserving, but realised that lately, what my garden has saved, most of all, is my sanity.
Over the past year my workplace has undergone a restructure which has been stressful for all involved. I was pleased and relieved this week to be offered a continuing (that is, permanent) position. The new role has enough in common with my current position to give me confidence but also offers much that is new and challenging. I’m really excited.
Throughout the past few stressful months, my garden has been my solace. Feeding the chooks before work, checking for eggs, and wandering around the garden after work have given me a great sense of peace and happiness. My garden may be small and imperfect — and I don’t spend as much time weeding as I should — but it feeds both my soul and my stomach.
And autumn is such a wonderful time in the garden. After the parched summer months, lush greenness starts to return. Nights are cold and crisp while days are warm and golden — perfect gardening weather. The apples are turning from green to red and the limes are rushing to turn yellow and fall in piles under the tree. Every time I look out the window there are more limes to collect and bring indoors.
Our few apples are eaten fresh, straight from the tree, but the limes are a different matter entirely. I take limes to work and to the food swap and make lime curd, lime delicious pudding, lime cordial and my sticky coconut and lime syrup cake.
Now that daylight savings has finished, there’s less time to potter in the garden after work. It’s more of a mad rush to grab a few greens for a stir fry as the light ebbs and fades into dusk.
Every month, participants in the Garden Share Collective share what they are planting, harvesting and a to-do list.
At the moment I’m succession planting Asian greens. I’m not planting anything else because my veggie beds are pretty full.
- Asian greens
- herbs: lemongrass, parsley, sage, rosemary, coriander (cilantro)
- oakleaf lettuce
- check citrus trees for gall wasp and cut off infected areas
- water, as needed