First Day of Gardening

Published on Sep 13, 2020

Covid is already making a come-back in France, so I've made peace with the fact I won't be able to go anywhere anytime soon. But with great problems come great opportunities: the family house has half an acre of land, more than enough to build a little garden! 

I do feel like I need a hobby that doesn't involve a computer, and growing my own food is something I've been wanting to try ever since I read Thoreau's Walden. Plus, it's a great way for me to get some exercise while using my two hands to make something practical.

I'll start small with a 4m² parcel and iterate as I go, following the things I learn or see.

I took the first step today. Autumn just began, and there is plenty of things to do to prepare the terrain. I gathered fallen leaves and freshly cut tree branches, and prepared the branches to make ramial chipped wood that will be used for mulching garden beds. Tomorrow, I will finish cutting up the branches and prepare the garden beds.

I'm not sure what I want to grow yet, this is more like an experiment for now. I want to see what it takes and if I like gardening. I enjoyed being in the nature. It was a good workout alternative and a peaceful moment of meditation, but I don't know if it will stay this way if I keep at it for two months. I'm following permaculture principles to reduce the necessary amount of work to see some results, but it's still a way of life requiring daily attention.