I can’t believe we have finally reached the end of the Yates Veggie Growing Challenge! It doesn’t seem that long ago when it was the beginning of Spring and I signed up, wondering what I had gotten myself into. It’s a miracle that I didn’t have a relapse and managed to see the competition through to the end. I strongly encourage other gardeners to take part in future, assuming of course that the challenge will continue to run every spring (you can’t take anything for granted!). Benefits of participating include:
But by far the best thing I got out of the challenge was the discipline that it instilled in me, mainly through regular blogging. This has actually helped me with other areas of my life, especially ones which I had been struggling with for some time. I love routine, so I applied what I learnt about the importance of consistency to my fitness programme, managing to shed more weight (which I needed to do for a long time) and competing in the YMCA 10k series every week. I have two more runs left before Christmas (there should have only been one but they decided to add an extra one at our last race!). The second half kicks off in mid-January and runs (excuse the pun) until daylight saving ends in April. I hope to see it through to the end, just like our summer garden which will probably finish about the same time. Working on these two different projects in parallel has required some juggling so I could fit them both in but I’ve found they have actually complemented each other nicely.
With regard to the garden, there’s still a lot on my “to do” list which is frustrating, but as the managing partner of the law firm I worked for in Paris used to say, we are where we are. Over the past two days, I harvested our garlic (a terrible crop, but I was expecting that because of the rust) and Liseta potatoes. I need to power through the following tasks over the next few days:
Good luck to participants in the challenge. You all deserve a huge pat on the back for taking part. It wasn’t easy, but we got there in the end. Have a good Christmas and happy new year. Enjoy some rest over the summer and of course the fruits of your labour! Don’t forget to actually enjoy your garden (that is, in addition to enjoying working in it, like I do).
If you’re keen to continue to follow my progress, here’s the link to my gardening blog: https://www.anitakundu.co.nz/blog. You can also follow the pictorial progression of our garden as it evolves through the seasons on Instagram. My account is https://www.instagram.com/anitakundu.nz/. I have a Facebook page too. The link is https://www.facebook.com/anitasgarden.nz/ (or you can try searching for “Anita’s Garden”).
My final photo is of yesterday’s harvest.