Julian of Norwich was a gardener then?

At least it would seem so according to todays minimergent meditation-

Live it

Be a gardener.

Dig a ditch,

toil and sweat,

and turn the earth upside down

and seek the deepness

and water the plants in time.

Continue this labor

and make sweet floods to run

and noble and abundant fruits

to spring.

Take this food and drink

and carry it to God

as your true worship.


— Julian of Norwich, 

(c. 8 November 1342 – c. 1416)






Our garden harvest festival…


So the garden delivers up some more autumn harvest…

We spent an hour in the rough land next to our garden collecting blackberries- scaring out some of the deer that have shared our garden produce over the last few months.

Michaela lifted our garlic and the last spuds. The garlic smells wonderful- filling the whole garden and kitchen with it’s scent. Where you would use several cloves of supermarket wimpy stuff- you need one clove of the home grown variety!


And then there are the apples- for pies and chutney and crumbles.

It never fails to amaze me how much of what grows that we can eat. Check out this clip from Greenbelt (thanks to Earth Abbey.)

Shallots- lots and lots of shallots….


Today we spent an hour nor so harvesting some veg- the first major crop from our marvelous raised beds.

We have bought no salad leaves at all this year, and the carrots and spuds that we have been picking a little at a time have to be tasted to be believed. The kids eat the carrots raw, gobbling them like mars bars.

It is one of the best things we have done to our rambling old house and garden- a chance to connect with the real business of food production, to celebrate the bounty of this unfolding creation, and to appreciate the passing seasons anew. We, the Goans, highly recommend it to anyone who has a window box.

It really is easier than you think, and the maintenance and tending of the growing crop is one of the more pleasurable chores that easily finds a place in even the busiest life. We do not use a lot of space- we have three boxes, about 8 feet square, and it is incredible what you can produce.

Now the shallots are out, we will immediately use the ground for something else- time to start thinking about winter carrots we think…

Power to to Ali in his ongoing campaign to get Argyll and Bute council to recognise their obligation to provide a decent allotment site to the folk who are crying out for one in Dunoon…