A few years ago, if I was asked to write a blog, I would have thrown them my best Severus Snape glare (Ahh… Alan) and replied between clenched teeth, ”I don’t have time, my seedlings need attending to.”
Truth is, a few years on and I no longer feel the need to constantly pamper my seedlings every five minutes, checking whether they’ve germinated. The days of gently turning and reassuring my unconfident seed potatoes, in tender tones, that they do look pretty with their outstretched tendrils, are long gone. It’s not because I’ve become complacent, far from it. The more the years pass, the more I delve deeper and deeper into this crazy world of horticulture. And so the confidence grows.
Please don’t think for one second that this is arrogance, we know gardening can be a fickle beast, and no sooner have you got something growing happily, Mother Nature throws the die, and a plague of locusts has consumed your heritage squash.
But for the first time, I feel I’m aware of an overall plan. Experience, knowledge and instinct are coming together like a well-oiled machine, and I’m feeling finely tuned for the season to come.
The beckoning of spring not only raises a smile (and the temperature!), but pulses too.. There’s so much that needs doing! Sheds need cleaning, pots need sorting, paths need fresh chippings, plots need digging.. Actually, you know what I said a moment ago about having it all sorted? Forget it! I’m back to square one.. clueless.. but happy.
2 thoughts on “A Growing Confidence”
Just today, at lunch, my husband and I were discussing how there is no such thing as unskilled labor, no matter the job. Growing your own vegetables and fruit certainly requires a lot of skill. No surprise that it took several years to feel comfortable with your skills.
Yes it does take years to build up skills but it also becomes less overwhelming and blogging is very useful for that. I’ve just discovered jute netting for peas and sweet peas and last year I discovered pleasure in weeding! It’s very calming done one bed at a time and leaves a blank canvas for sowing and planting and filling the beds full.