I am a passive gardener. There, the secret of my gardening technique is out. “Passive gardener” is a polite way of saying that I garden with as little interference and as much laziness as possible. I plants the plants, water them and feed them, as best I can, and then let them get on with doing what they do best, which is being plants. They have been plants longer than we have been humans, thus I am reasonably confident that they know more about how to grow well than I will ever know. ( Ah, such a great justification for laziness and slapdashery 🙂 ) So, considering the degree of benign neglect that my garden endures, I am always surprised by what it produces. Yesterday, I harvested the garlic and, in terms of bulb size and quality, it is the best garlic harvest I have had in the five years that I have been trying to grow garlic. Was it the good garlic starter cloves from a friend or was it that I dared to plant them later than the garden books suggest? Who knows, but here is the garlic.
An afterthought: I may not work hard in my garden; I may not garden to the rules; but I DO ADMIRE IT constantly, I DO TALK TO IT and I SING IN IT (which should rightly make it curl up and die!) and I LOVE IT. Maybe that is the real secret of my passive gardening :).