As anyone who read this blog knows, I stopped blogging and gardening in April 2008. It is now March 2009 and I'm trying to get started, turning over the engine again, just before the 12 months clicks over. I took a long break from the community garden last winter. I really didn't want to go down there. It's always a bit of a challenge to put in early mornings in the garden during the winter, but added to that were my motivational issues. My husband, who wouldn't know a spinach from a silverbeet, who on a number of occasions has dutifully watered the weeds leaving the lettuces to wilt, held the line for me during that long winter. He would go down to the garden and water, he stayed involved in all the working bees, he gave me updates on the vegetables and let me know when things were ready for harvest. Then once a month or so I'd go down on a Sunday afternoon and harvest the winter vegies. We sort of muddled through and I let the dust settle and tried to work out how important this was to me - community gardening. We discussed building some garden beds in our home garden. It would be nowhere near the 144sq metres I have at the garden but still it would be something. We progressed quite far down that track but by the end of Winter the pull back to my patch was strong enough and I decided to resume a regular routine at the garden. Here's the pumpkin harvest and some of the tomato harvest bottled up ready for pasta sauces (circa May 2008).
As part of starting back I purchased an expensive tool I had been admiring for years - a tool to make soil blocks. We made up a bunch of soil blocks, cranked up the propogator and I started a new spring garden. Then while the tomato plants and lettuces and melons were germinating I took a look at the community garden plot and felt almost satisfied. It hadn't fallen completely into disrepair. I was timing it just right, before the warmth really started to get weeds moving, I returned to active gardening. In typical fashion this self satisfied situation lasted only a few weeks. I slid back to my winter ways of not getting down there every morning and Spring really started to kick in. Homer Simpson doh moment. By the time my little baby seedlings, in their cute little soil pots, were craving a nice warm earthen bed, the weeds had taken hold of my plots and I had to do penance for weeks down there to pull it together. Ohh that was painful. Head down, just do it. You'll get on top of it and it will be fun again....blah blah blah. A monsterous compost heap of weeds grew day by day. Every time I crossed paths with a fellow community gardener I had to mea culpa - yeah, yeah let it get a bit out of hand, snicker, snicker. Ah timing is such a sweet issue in a garden. Anyway, I managed it and planted out the spring garden - beans, pumpkins, melons, cucumbers, tomatoes, capsicums, eggplants, lettuce, corn - the works.
For some reason though I found it harder to get back to blogging. Recently, I had to check my blog for a report on a bushwalk we did with the kids a few years ago and I thought - wow - its almost a year! How about I set myself the goal of restarting the blog just before the year is out. So I find myself here - at the start again. And just like the fields of weeds I encountered last spring - I had all sorts of technical issues to get through - typepad wouldn't talk to flock, I couldn't remember all sorts of photo uploading details, my passwords were out of date blah blah. With a final push I overcame those and I'm back. Here's hoping.