Kitchen-Garden-191216The garden is tidy, the potting shed has been spring cleaned and the greenhouse is gleaming.  Overwintering crops are snugly nestled in a heated tent of bubble wrap.  We are ready for the festive break; the only time of year that I leave the garden and disappear into the house.

The only gardening job still to be done is to dig up the parsnips and pick the brussels sprouts that will adorn my plate on Christmas Day.  I’ve already had a sneaky peak at the parsnips and they are looking good as always; a reliable crop in Kitchen Garden.  Now is the time for showing off the fruits of our labours with a Christmas dinner laden with home grown organic vegetables.

I have promised myself a week away from the garden, out of the cold and the fog.  Curled up on the sofa in front of a roaring fire with plenty of logs stored close at hand. I can finally take the time to browse the seed catalogues and prepare my garden plan and seed order for next year.  I’m not sure I’ll make it through the whole of the festive period without venturing out into the fresh air and reaching for garden fork though…..

Come January 1st , the garden is ready for the growing season to begin once again; and so is the gardener!

Merry Christmas!