Some more please... A time to sow

2011-01-12 12:13

The year-end holiday is always a very berry one. There’s something

deliciously festive about going to the market and finding the shelves piled high

with raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries – at sweet,

in-season prices.

After every meal we ate superfruit with ice-cream, with custard,

with cinnamon sugar – what a treat, almost like Christmas.

And talk of Christmas – though it’s long gone – brings me to those

dreaded New Year’s resolutions.

Ho hum, anyone ever kept one? Not me. Giving up smoking – did that

in a July one year. Taking up exercise – did that and dropped that one Monday in

March.

But I think this year is going to be different, I have only made

one and am already A for away.

I am going green. No, not the “change the light bulbs, switch off

the geyser variety (though I have done all that too as it’s the right thing to

do)”, but the “reconnecting with the earth” type.

You see, I moved house (I still have the nervous twitch to prove

it) and our new home has – ta dah – a built-in veggie patch.

In between unpacking boxes we turned the soil, fattened it up with

nutrients and next week I will be planting my first seeds. While I have always

had a patch for herbs and veggies, this one has that professional touch – brick

walls and an irrigation system.

The method in my green madness is, as always, linked to the

toddler.

She starts playschool this year, which means she is exposed to the

dodgy feeding practices of other parents and the fussy eating habits of indulged

children.

My veggie patch is one of the many new weapons in my parental

arsenal to try and keep fast food, sugar and fat out of the house.

So this year, why not join the toddler and I as we become one with

the earth and start growing, harvesting and, most importantly, eating the fruits

of our very own toil.

Whew, just the thought of all that physical labour makes me want to

reach for the last bowl of superfruit of the season.


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