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What Does Spring Mean To Me ?

What Does Spring Mean To Me ?
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After the longest winter in my "disabled memory" i.e. 10 years, the additional containment that ice and snow brings to we "wheelchair residents" had begun to "do my 'ed in". The snow and ice restricting my exercise on the walk rail creates its own set of problems. The cold air with accompanying winds freezing my hands means my wheelchair can't move anywhere without an able-bodied push.
I've had enough of being even further limited to my indoor space with the boiler burning oil like I was trying to heat a hospital.

TODAY, AT LAST it was three degrees but with no wind. I could go out for ten minutes and at least explore my patio. I could go out and for short periods talk to my gardener about my plans.

We talked about the village "garden open day", raising funds for our Norman church in June. About which propagated plants would be sold (hopefully) and which seeds would become plants; saleable in 12 weeks without a supporting greenhouse

Spring is the time of rejuvenation, of the plant world waking up from its deep slumber. I await with exciting anticipation to see the buds bursting through in gay abandonment. Those fiercely anticipated yellow buds, those snowdrops and primula flowers. Aaahhhh what thoughts and dreams to look forward to.

THE WONDERS OF RAISED BEDS

Well my Suttons goodies arrived and I was getting excited. Then the third batch of snow came but it failed to curb my enthusiasm for the impending days of spring and the planting of my plain-sized three metre-square raised beds.

Spring is coming!! My seeds and now my seed mats (great when you can neither feel or see the seeds)are ready and waiting.

When I had my accident the psychologist asked me what I would miss. Amazed by my unusual answer of "gardening" she tried to understand what it was about this strange Brit that made gardening so important.

I spent ages umming and aahing about whether a raised bed would help me temper my frustration for no longer being able to manage my three acre garden. How high? How wide? What to make it out of? What to fill it with? The sort of questions we gardeners spend ages considering and researching. 

Now I fill hours weeding, raking, planting, watering and seed spreading so that I can bore everyone with "do you like beans?" or "would you like some coriander?"

My raised beds have really helped me to recover my gardening enthusiasm and whilst I still have many "could you just." questions for my friends and helpers, I manage to harvest out of these beds, many flower seedlings as well as the obvious herbs, onions, lettuce etc.    

IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN GO AND BUILD ONE.


Regards
Mark Jennings Man Of Leisure MOL NVBM


"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it."                                       
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