Hello to all of my gardening friends here and there across the world. After a year of reading Arabella’s informative posts, its time I muck in and join you in figuring out how exactly my garden grows.
I remember as a little girl the Saturday visits to Auntie Arabella’s house. Aside from the ginger biscuits she lovingly baked for us little ones, trips to her impressive garden are my strongest memory.
Shade trees, roses on worn trellises, the aroma of herbs and the hum of bumblebees– that garden was magical to my young self. There was even a small mossy bench near the back fence, out of the sight of prying adult eyes, the perfect place to curl up with a cookie and the latest adventure of the Famous Five. I appreciated my surroundings, but it never occurred to me to think about what was growing, or how it got there.
A few years have passed since then, and I feel a need to create a similar space for my own two children. While I don’t have the space that Aunt Arabella filled with so many varieties of shrubbery and flower beds, we certainly can carve out an 3 meter by 2 meter patch and get nice and dirty. I shall call in my darling husband for any heavy digging, but more importantly, I want this to be a place for the children.
With a five year old, picky about what she will put into her mouth, and a son who is trying solid foods for the first time, it is imperative that we save at least half of our garden space for growing vegetables. Have you checked the prices of some organic foods at the shops? Certainly we can grow our own carrots – my daughter’s favourite snack – and not only save a few quid, but let her see exactly where a carrot comes from?
So, in the next few months, I shall attempt to begin taking my self and my children down the garden path, so to speak, and hope you will come along. I look forward to sharing my learning process with you- and of course, if you want the opinion of a expert – my thought, not her’s – Arabella will be sharing her thoughts as well.
Francesca Biddle Weston
PS: if you follow Aunt Arabella’s “cheap and lazy” ethos, I know you won’t be surprised to find out those ginger cookies were not home baked at all – amazing what 30 seconds in a microwave will do!