After six months of happy blogging what have I learned about my garden and blogging about it?
Firstly it has been immensely gratifying that people actually visit the blog and read it, and even more so when they leave a comment or send an email. I know perennial veggies are a minority interest, certainly compared to the oft occurring blog themes about food, photography, travel, parenthood and humour. However my veggies are dear to me and I hope that they will in due course become more widely known and planted.
About my garden
- That it is taking time to re-establish my polyculture of perennial greens following the harsh winter.
- That, like all gardens, it is a joy all the time to watch things growing.
- Some days it seems like things are forging ahead and growing well to my idea of a “plan” and some days it seems like that is not happening at all. Some plants like the Jerusalem artichokes, oca, Chinese artichokes, Daubenton’s kale, skirret, wild rocket are very happy in this garden and I know are reliable performers. On the other hand the yams are only growing slowly and I had hoped they would go like the clappers! I probably need more patience! This is a longer term game than just what is happening today.
- Some items are of more interest than others, in particular a lot of people are searching the web for information on perennial veggies in general and Daubenton’s kale and oca in particular.
- Information about these on my blog and links to suppliers of perennial veggies in France are the most oft visited posts.
- I am also having fun reading other people’s blogs which I never did before.
This is what one of my polycultures looks like today. There is oca on the left, skirret (in flower) and more oca on the right, with clover in the middle, a few shallots on the extreme right, a gooseberry bush at the back with an apple tree and Jerusalem artichoke growing at the back along the fence. And the sun is shining!