Not so much in terms of “oh, the people I’ve met, the places I’ve been, the champagne I’ve quaffed” but more a case of “oh the child-based effluent I’ve cleaned up, the nights I’ve worked, the sleep I haven’t had”.
Yes, we have been hit by ‘tummy bugs’ – which is a deceptively cuddly term for something that involves quite so much vomit. Still, it’ll teach me not to get so excited about having time to work now Archie is at pre-school. It might also teach me not to arrange client presentations without first factoring in ‘potential child illnesses and sleep deprivation’.
Consequently I have been very neglectful of my blog reading and writing and have barely tweeted because it proved tricky to document my growing insanity in 140 characters or less.
Somehow I did manage to do a little gardening – micro gardening even. My eldest son was stuck at home for two days and boredom reached such intense levels that even What’s New Scooby Doo? wasn’t enough to distract. And when zombie gladiators, Mystery Machines and meddling kids aren’t working their magic, it’s time to roll out the seeds.
This isn’t complex gardening but I’ve been meaning to experiment with microleaves for some time – well pretty much since I read Mark Diacono’s post on the subject back in March.
For anyone not au fait with the term, microleaves are just closely sown crops whose leaves are harvested at seedling stage. The flavours are intense, they can be harvested with a small pair of craft scissors and you need only a sunny windowsill.
Oscar helped me set up our Micro Farm –which involved some old margarine tubs with holes pocked in the bottom, gravel at the base and seed compost to finish. We then sowed two lines of ‘crops’ in each container.
We had a mixture of herbs and vegetables – basically, anything I found in the seed drawers, which included:
But you could also try basil, coriander, dill, fennel to name but a few.
At this time of year, germination will be slower as days are so much shorter and light levels are reduced, but you should still be able to start cropping in a couple of weeks – and even less time for fast growers like the radishes (I am also giving mine an extra boost by putting them in a heated propagator but only because I’m using some as part of a book-based project next week).
It’s a chance for children to try a range of different flavours without the need to wait months. They can snip a few leaves at a time to add to meals, salads or just put in sandwiches.
Plus, by the time these have grown, my children might even be able to keep food down. Which would make a pleasant change.