Grow for it!

24 Jul

I am the first to admit that I am not in any way green fingered.

Plants just don’t do it for me. My lovely mother in law finds it incredibly therapeutic to dig, and cut and  hammer away. And so.  I let her do it.

She actually chopped the top of her finger off in my garden, (no one ever found that finger tip) but it doesn’t seem to have slowed her down.

She likes it, I don’t. Simple.

Except the last couple of years I have started to grow a few vegetables in pots.

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Now this, I like doing. I can see the point in it. There is a result at the end, more than just a few brightly coloured petals.

I am not at the point of talking to my plants yet, but I watch them closely, checking on them two or three times a day. It is turning me a bit geeky.

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I get excited when the first signs of peas, tomatoes, beans start to show and watch closely for any signs of ripening.

I have been studying my tomato plant intently, inspecting the flowers and looking for that tell-tale swelling at the centre.

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The children get excited too about the new developments and I think it is great for them to see where their food comes from (not just Tescos) and there is something lovely about eating what has been freshly plucked  from your own garden.

The peas never make it into the house. Liv eats them as soon as they are ripe and the only two strawberries that we managed to grow were also gone as soon as they turned scarlet and glossy.

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We don’t have bucket loads of veggies, but there is pleasure in the growing and in the eating.

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