Fridays are gardening days in my world. Not just any gardening days though, it's a day where I gather with a group of likeminded women, who, over dirt, cake and vegetables have become good friends. I have been gardening on Fridays this way for 2 years and really can't imagine my Fridays any other way. I love my veggie group end to the week.
A typical Friday will see kids dropped off at school and then arriving at the person's home who is hosting/receiving that week. Hosting by supplying refreshments for the workers and receiving by accepting an army of women's labour. It's a great deal! Cake always goes down well. As does ample supplies of coffee and tea. Lunch (and the occasional offer of wine), are purely optional.
The Men of our area seem to think we don't get much done...that we are just a group of women dressed up in our oldest clothes, chattering away over kitchen tables. Sure this does go on (really, how could it not!), but there is SO much more that goes on as well. By learning from each other, we have tackled vegetable and fruit tree plantings, garden bed construction, fencing, chook pen assembly, bean mazes, irrigation, greenhouse construction, wood oven building and foraging. It is empowering and inspiring all at the same time.
And today veggie group happened to be at my place.
Oh, and a little daunting too! Did I mention that? A bunch of women arriving on your doorstep at five minutes past nine expecting to be fed, with their pre-schoolers in tow kind of does that to a person.
Luckily for my army of women, there was a plan. With 20 hands working on what 2 hands would do, it took less than 2 hours to accomplish what would have taken me forever! Now that's what I call clever gardening, would you agree?
I really wanted to fence off an area around my (badly goat nibbled) fruit trees to serve as a chook run during the day. In my mind this is an ideal partnership, the chooks are in their element, scratching and searching for bugs while also fertilizing the trees. Win/win!
I had spent a chunk of time earlier in the week marking out and driving in fencing stakes, and pruning low hanging branches and blackberries. What now needed to be done was to attach the chicken wire to the stakes and sink two posts for a gate. The team worked well, despite the drizzly, cold weather....
obligatory cake...considering it was a really big job that I was asking them to do.
(Saffron Milk Caps with garlic, bocconcini, thyme and oregano)
If you're reading ladies, thankyou! It would've taken me forever and wouldn't have been half as much fun!!
Next week we will be at someone else's house and be doing a similar (or completely different!) thing all over again. And the week after that, and the week after that.....and so on it goes.
An army of Women and their Achievements.