Bitch on the Blog

August 4, 2014


Filed under: Atmosphere,Farming — bitchontheblog @ 09:43
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As  ‘addictions’ go mine is not poisoning my body, only my mind. This is the fourth summer I have gone without a garden. Now I can’t watch a garden programme or read so much as a feature on anything grown outdoors without tears welling up. At least it gives me a pointer of what is missing in my life.

Many many years ago my mother sent me a rather funny article on why gardeners are a miserable lot. And it’s true. We battle. Not least when we grow our own food. Then it becomes serious. Also one does want to see a reward for effort. One radish will do. Two will make your heart sing.

Thinking back my life has been defined by soil and gardening. My first memory being my grandfather putting down some sunflower seeds with me. They grew – a bit like the Angel – so tall they were towering over me. Miracle. And then my father digging over my first own little plot underneath my beloved apple tree. My father is a meticulous man. So all the drills into which I then distributed seed were perfectly parallel. He advised me to have one useful side (vegetables and herbs which I sold to my mother at the kitchen window) and one playful side (flowers) on the other – which I did NOT sell to my mother, just gave them to her. Yes, little paradise.

And paradise continued in many shapes and sizes till a few years ago. Never mind. Better to have had a past paradise than one in an uncertain future.

My brother-in-law once asked me where I’d see myself in advancing years. Guess what: Yes, with garden. The devil is not in the detail as the saying goes. The devil is in implementing that which you desire.

Thank you for being slightly bored with my above self pity. No good to weed where one can plant.




  1. The only thing I ever wanted to do (as opposed to an ambition) was to grow things so I empathise fully and completely (and I make no apology for tautology).
    Apparently the weeds in a medieval garden were allowed to grow as extra food…..

    Comment by magpie11 — August 4, 2014 @ 14:22 | Reply

  2. How sad to enjoy gardening and not have a garden. I fully sympathise. I’d hate not to have a small outdoor space.

    Comment by friko — August 4, 2014 @ 21:29 | Reply

  3. For many years Jenny and I lived in flats without gardens. Having never done any serious gardening, we never felt we were missing out. But now we have a largish garden, we greatly enjoy it. We don’t grow any vegetables but we have some beautiful flowers and shrubs. And on the occasional sunny days, we can even sit outside to do the admiring.

    Comment by nick — August 5, 2014 @ 12:36 | Reply

  4. I’m a wishful gardener, never did master the art of maintenance (i.e. intensive weeding). Daughter makes up for it. She’s an amazing wee farmer and grows incredible things like quinoa and Chinese broccoli and cauliflower and….
    I do believe gardens should be harvested a lovely mix of veggies and beauty – or sometimes both can be combined, borage and nasturtiums for instance.

    Comment by wisewebwoman — August 5, 2014 @ 13:57 | Reply

  5. I’m growing to appreciate the attraction of gardening–in inches, through the weeds–no, even in the weeds. 🙂

    Comment by Lorna's Voice — August 6, 2014 @ 16:36 | Reply

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