It’s madness to think that during a normal working week many people get excited about the weekend. For some it is a great opportunity to stay home and watch TV. There can of course be too much of a good thing as we can see from all the videos that have been circulating recently. I decided that I would try a new hobby during lockdown. Gardening.
I should add that up until now my gardening activities have been limited and mostly focused on actives that allow me to sit in the garden. This means mowing a lawn occasionally or cutting back some greenery. As far as growing anything is concerned this has been limited to pot plants which were a gift. If anyone reading this gave me a pot plant then I’m sorry it’s dead because I forgot to water it.
Perhaps I should have kept with the theme of this blog by trying to bake an awesome chocolate cake. However due to all the moving around I have done recently I am not well equipped for baking. Then there are challenges getting flour due to all the panic buying. Also given that I am home alone at this time, who is going to eat all that chocolate cake? I like chocolate cake but there are limits.
Instead I decided that my new hobby during lockdown should be gardening. I figured it would be a good way to get some exercise and fresh air. Also given the situation with the Covid-19 the idea of being able to grow some food makes me feel a little more secure and in control. Last Sunday I started with some potatoes and the basil from part of a kit my friend gave me. Yesterday I added a few more herbs from the kit my friend gave me.
As you can see I am not that organised when it comes to gardening and had to improvise with a used strawberry pot and egg cartons. Still it has added character to my kitchen. I planted leeks in the other egg carton and they are also on a window sill in my kitchen.
There are also some strawberry plants in my garden. Well tiny little shoots. I am worried that I was a bit quick to plant them. It has got a bit colder and I am not sure if they will survive especially if we get more frost.
Actually I will consider it a bonus if any of my plants survive till harvest-time. I have not done much gardening although I like the idea of being able to grow my own food. Still I can see there are other benefits to being outside in the fresh air. Certainly I am feeling the benefits of the work I did yesterday.