Welcome to 2019! As usual, it has been a very busy holiday season and I'm due back at work next week. But, I feel like I have accomplished a lot these holidays so am feeling rather chilled at the start of the new work year.
My holidays have gone like this:
Week 1: Down to Melbourne to drop my 2 daughters at my Aunts to work the summer holidays down there. Flew back on the Thursday and was driving up to Mackay the next day.
Week 2: In Mackay for Xmas + funeral + Nephews 18th. Lots to do as I'd done NO xmas shopping and my grandfather had passed (not unexpectedly and was 96 so had a good run) so one day was taken up with funeral and catching up with extended family, another with my brothers family for my nephew, which meant I was on a mission on the day I actually made it to the shops. Back to Brisbane the Friday
Week 3: New Years celebration down the coast and started my full on bathroom makeover. I now know how to change over a toilet and have a beautiful bathroom that I sanded, repainted and also remade the vanity drawers so they actually open and close. Took me a whole week.
Week 4: Cleaning and decluttering mission. Started in my room, walls, ceilings and cupboards all cleaned and organised, son and daughters room next, lounge room and then washed the carpets. Carload of rubbish to the tip and clothes to charity and am feeling calm and Zen. Ps I also bought a second hand breadmaker and have now made 3 loaves
So what was for this week? I decided to try to install an irrigation system to water my yard as it was just getting away from me. I am now in the process of putting in the drippers but cause it is so hot, I'm only doing it in the arvo's and it is a slow and tedious process but will be worth it in the end.
As such, I have not planted anything new but my older plantings are coming to fruition.
We are getting plenty of Corn and cucumbers at the moment. You can see the older planting of corn and the new set, plus I have a 3rd 1/2 bed planted.
My capsicums, which I was worried was in too much shade at my garden visit to fruit as set HEAPS . I took this photo about 5 days ago and they are the size of my hand now.
I brought these heat tolerant broccoli seeds from Lambeys nursery and decided to see how they would go. Peak summer and they are looking fantastic. These were Happy Rich F1. I only planted 3 because I wasn't sure how they would go. I'll keep you posted but we may have found a broccoli that will do well over summer.
I bought a "blueberry" diggers tomato from that supposed diggers festival at the botanic gardens a couple of months a go. It is very prolific and the tomatoes are pretty (not the best as I had forgotten to water and died off a bit) but the tomatoes are not sweet so won't be planting again.
Lucky I bought the Dwarf ducasse because I ended up not getting round to cutting hands off and before you know it the bunch was ripening. Bats would have had a field day if it were up in the air.
Lastly, I'll leave you with a photo of my xmas gift from my daughter and my counter argument that I sent to her once we got back to brisbane.
Happy gardening folks.
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