Wheat, herbs, two vines, and three trees are all ready to go into the ground. But there is still a problem; we are overwhelmed by the space. Sure, I know, first world problem, right? But now we have a plot which is essentially a blank canvas. There is mud, some stones, and not much else. There will be a fence indicating the boundary but the builders haven’t got around to that yet.
It seems only fair that there is a re-vamp of this blog, after all, I’ve got a new patch and that is going to change the way that I garden. Previously, I had an 80 m2 roof terrace in central Geneva. It was glorious, but it wasn’t the most practical space for gardening. Everything had to be taken in through the building, up eight floors and then out through the house. It meant gardening predominantly in containers, and carefully making sure everything was kept well-trimmed in case it ever needed to be removed.
Sure, it did have its advantages. Carrot fly, for example, never made it up that high. And other pests were easily kept at bay. Occasionally a slug or snail would turn up, and my wife and I would postulate on how it had made it to the roof of an inner city apartment block. These suggestions started sensibly (dropped from the mouth of a bird) and ended surreally (a former Cirque De Soleil snail, searching for a new life, but finding it hard to give up their old acrobatic ways).
But now, three moving vans later, all our plants are out on our new terrace which is at ground height. We’ve moved out of the urban sprawl into a village (which probably means I should give up my role writing for the UrbanGardening Republic).
So where to start…
PlantEatRepeat will continue in a similar vein as before – a place to discuss growing, planting, food – but now it’ll be a chance to write about the ongoing process of establishing a garden, of cultivating it into something that’s both beautiful and functional. Along the way I will still write about the projects that I’ve already begun (growing my own loaf of bread etc), but I’ll also have the opportunity and the resources to continue to expand on these projects, to open up into garden design, to continue my quest to become Felicity Kendall in The Good Life.