Change of seasons is the only time I do any really hard yakka in the garden replenishing the beds and getting them ready for the next seasons planting.
I need that perfect morning - overcast without rain, not too hot. I never know exactly which morning that will be until it comes. And it did this morning.
First I take down the summer netting and cut back all the finished crop. Chop it up into pieces.
That's the fun part.
The nets get laid out to dry before storing. They get regular shakes to remove any lizards or bugs trapped.
This was some of the un-fun bit as I stupidly left buying my buckets of minerals until it was all wet and heavy. Thank goodness for my little trolley. $2 a bucket from the landscape shop at Brendale btw.
I stopped to look around at the end and noticed how many insects were busy around me - bees of various types, bugs, moths, flies, beetles - including this fly pollinating a Loofah flower - and it made me feel very happy that my garden is a chemical free haven.
Turns out this is a Native Drone Fly. It's a nectar eater and the larvae prey on aphids etc. A friend in our garden.
Just planted (some of the seed is a few years old so fingers crossed):
Cardoon - Cynara cardunculus Rouge D'Alger
Carrot - Muscade
garlic - local variety
spuds - store bought sprouting
cabbage - Couer de Boeuf des Vertus
Bean - climbing purple
Snowpea - Oregon Giant
Sugar Snap Pea - climbing
lettuce - various - purple cos, Oriental, + +
Mangel Beetroot - Yellow Eckendorf
Strawberry Spinach - Chenopodium capitatum
Collard Greens -
Radish - Champion
Cauliflower - Snowball
Cress - American Upland
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