It should be renamed Hard Labour Weekend

I ache. My hands, my arms, my legs, my torso, my ass, my toenails  – they all hurt. I have so much dirt encrusted in my hands and face,  it may be mistaken for a tan when I return to work tomorrow. If I make it that far. I’ve fallen asleep on the couch the last two nights and been put to bed by 9.30pm.  But I’ve managed to get a heap done.

Everything is looking amazing. The raised beds are teeming with plantlife.  Seeds, seedlings and sprouts adorn nearly every surface of the house. And best of all we have a new forest garden…but more on that when I get my strength back. Roast chicken dinner with friends should help. And tomorrow it’s back to work, slowly.

Cavolo Nero, lettuce and sage

Cavolo nero, lettuce and purple sage all getting along really well

Happy globe artichokes mixed with verbenas, heliotrope and pretty blue flowers

Globe artichokes mixed with verbenas, heliotrope & pretty blue flowers

A couple of square metres of barley growing in an old vegetable bed

A couple of square metres of barley growing in an old vegetable bed

Chives, rocket, marigold and carrots living it up in the raised beds

Chives, rocket, marigolds, alyssum and carrots are living it up in the raised beds

The separate mesclun bed is about to give us the first crop. There are two on the way

Separate mesclun bed is about to give us the first crop - 2 more coming

I finally got the strawberries into their proper bed with some pyrethrum daisies

I finally got the strawberries into their proper bed with some pyrethrum daisies

A lot of green leafy things are coming out of the main vege bed with garlic at the end

A lot of green leafy things are coming out of the main vege bed with garlic at the end