All around me little buds are popping open and there’s the unmistakable smell in the air of Spring. Each year at this time I’m filled with optimism about how self-sufficient I will be throughout the coming summer. You know, with plants and stuff that I can grow and eat, cause there’s no better way to educate your kids on where food comes from than by growing a bit of your own.
Somehow through the winter fog, I forget that I am possibly the world’s most well intentioned but flakey gardener. Rather than dwelling on all the dead plants I’ve pulled and chucked, I think back fondly to my success with eggplants and am sure that THIS YEAR will be the year when I don’t kill everything. Diligently this winter I’ve gotten my Bokashi bucket back into use and there’s some terribly lovely soil waiting for use.
Joining in the fun, Miss F has taken advantage of a freebie sent from Stihl, promoting their “Get real, get outdoors” program. They’re running a range of programs, including assistance for your school working bee and a ‘my green wall’ in-school program, that shows kids how to look after plants. Ever the industrious lass, Miss F had the kit underway before I knew anything about it. Proudly she led me outside to see her handiwork.
‘Excellent!’ I exclaimed. ‘Did you get the soil from the new compost, Miss F?’
No she said, she just found some dirt laying around, unneeded in the garden. And when I turned around, it was fairly obvious where she’d found it.
Anyway. I’ll keep you posted on how we go with our Spring project. Has the start of Spring got you hatching some new outdoors scheme? I’d love to know about it. And if you’ve got any good tips for gardening-for-brown-thumbs, let me know. Last year I even killed mint, which is apparently almost impossible.