If Neil Gaiman can have his bee updates, then I can have my vegetable updates. On a serious note, I genuinely think that working in the garden this year has saved me from going mad behind a computer screen. I’d recommend to any new writers out there who find themselves with a full-time job as well, to do something – anything – that isn’t related to the literature industry. You need an excuse not to check what’s going on online, or to wind yourself up over what someone said in some blog post.
So anyway, the garden has been my escape from the digital world. The last few months have been spent, with a little help, turning what was a bit of a mess into a decent kitchen garden, with several herbs, rhubarb, courgettes, tomatoes, peppers, onions, aubergines, strawberries, blackcurrants, beans, raspberries, and a crab apple tree.