Week one of my summer Songaia experience has been full of surprises. I was not expecting the amount of constant tending it takes for a garden of Songaia’s size to flourish to the extent that it does. I was also unprepared for the plethora of plant species that grow in the garden, a lot of which I have never even heard of.
Even as a novice gardener, two days in, I can already see the rewarding feeling that comes along with investing time in taking a plant from a seed in the ground to something wonderful on your plate. There is something really special about coming across the occasional carrot or strawberry in the midst of a hard days work and taking a break to enjoy what you have worked so hard to grow. I am looking forward to the weeks to come so that I can see the garden changing through the season.
Of my two days in the garden thus far I have already gotten to lend a hand in many different projects. Our morning garden walk with Helen has been a highlight as it really gave me the opportunity to observe how the garden is changing. I would have to say, I am very impressed by the level of knowledge that all of the Songaia garden workers have. It is really fascinating following them through the garden as they identify the teeniest little sprout and are able to tell what it is, while to me the it seems too small to distinguish from all the others. I can only hope that some of this rubs off on me the more time I spend in the garden.