So there I was, minding my own business, sitting in work, when someone harmlessly gifted me a pea and a broad bean plant.
It happened, as simple as that, the bug had bitten there was no turning back. Admittedly I was partly driven by my competitive nature, the other guys in the studio got some plants too and I knew I wanted mine to be the ones with the most pods and the biggest plants, or at least I didn't want them to be the only ones to wither and die.
On the ride home, I had all these questions for myself about what I wanted to do, would I keep them inside or outside? should I go and tactically “acquire” some plant feed from my Mom's gardening supplies? how often should I water them? See you have to understand I am a complete novice at gardening and although the answers of what to do with a pea and a broad bean plant may seem obvious to some, they were not so obvious to me, but I wanted to give it a go and I figured I was probably over thinking it all anyway.
So my first port of call was to discuss it with my Granddad. He always had a greenhouse for growing tomatoes and a vegetable patch with rhubarb and cabbage. He never proclaimed to be an expert but he enjoyed it and I suppose once I allowed my initial competitiveness to recede a bit, I realised that at the end of the day that was all that I wanted, something that would be fulfilling, enriching and ultimately enjoyable.
Over the past few years his greenhouse had gone slightly astray, I figured that it could be an endless supply of learning. With my granddads blessing I got to work. The first job was to get all of the old potatoes and most of the stones out of the clay, I don’t think I quite knew what I was getting myself in for but I went for it.
With the initial work done and out of the way, I quickly realised that, over the year or two with no use and the desicatingly dry environment that it had become, a colony of ants decided to create a home under the walkway, this would be my next job to overcome. That might be best held for another time though.
So until then, bye for now.
Check out my next blog on the Greenhouse here.