Well ladies and gentlemen, it is almost over. I can feel the warmth in the air, a spring is in my step and those days are starting to lengthen. I CAN'T STAND WINTER!! And before you diss me, I do realise that I am just "slightly" hypocritical.
I love all the variety of vegetables that we can only grow through the colder months. Broccoli, Cauli's, spinach and my all time favourites - peas. Yum!! I love how easy it is to get carrots and beetroot to germinate, that my lettuces are still as wonderful 4 weeks later then after their "peak". Just love it! But……
I am a summer girl at heart. My legs were not meant to be covered up with tracksuit pants and left to fade away to a ghastly white. I absolutely detest having to wear 50 layers of clothes just to be able to go out in the garden and not run shivering for the house. So "bring it on" is what I say to the beautiful warmth and "adios" to last gasps of winter.
With that in mind, I have started my curcubit seeds. I have always grown Zucchini and cucumbers over winter (see above) but what surprised me was a volunteer rockmelon that came up in the same bed. I'm hoping it's one of my charentais melons because they are so yummy. Based on the fact that it came up in the middle of winter, I might try to grow rockmelons over winter next year. I have started kent pumpkins in one of the soil beds, 2 x moon & stars watermelon and 4 x charentais melons in one of my self watering pots and more cucumbers and zucchini's (to replace the ones growing)
My beautiful multigrafted peach/nectarine tree never fails to disappoint. Nothing is prettier than the bare branches bursting into bloom with just the hint of greenery around them from the new leaves. At the moment, it is a haven to at least 20 bees at any one point in time. They enjoy it as much as I do :) This year though, I MUST make sure that I make a net. There is a place on ebay that sells the netting I have on the brassica bed at the moment for about $6 per meter. (I've had this for 2 years now and it's still going strong) My plan is to buy a couple of meters and stitch a square tent to go over the top so I don't lose any fruit this year to the dreaded fruit fly. I am also going to use the same material to make some fruit bags for my apples. In winter, we get to eat some because no fruit fly damage but it's main crop in summer gets completely decimated. I think 20 should do it to start with.
Spring also marks the asparagus season. I've had about 10 spears pop their heads up already with the warmer weather. Guess how many I've actually eaten……….. The one that you see in my hand right now. BLOODY CHOOKS!!! Lucky we have had another egg layer join the ranks of Minty or they would be seriously on my Sh*t list right now. My little bantam sussex Vicky is laying nice white eggs as well. This is her first egg compared to Minty's (38 grams vs 56 grams) , the rest have been a little bigger and weigh between 42 -46 grams -> not that small at all. I'm hoping that Miss Penny will start soon as she did the squat for me today. She's the Australorp x Aracauna and will be my first coloured layer (green).
The warmth of today had me outside catching up with many jobs that just needed doing; the most pertinent was "chookifying" my garden. Strawberry bed, flower bed & asparagus bed have all received the treatment.
Another job that needed doing was planting out my Bamboo. Done :)
Of course, the warmer weather does have some down falls. I need to cover the Brassica bed because the caterpillars get too active. If I miss two days of inspecting, the damage they can do is just too much. I was thinking about having to get hoops set up, but the fabric is light enough that I can just drape it over the bed. This is my double shooting cauliflower that I have decided to let go to seed to see if I can get any offspring that will double shoot. It was a MASSIVE second head which was only 6 weeks behind the first. Considering they take 3 -4 months from seed to harvest, it would well be worth leaving them in another 6 weeks to get another crop.
Finally, just a montage of my random garden vegies. My darling little beets, carrots, yellow zucchs & lettuces just make me happy looking at them. My salad bowl consists of all the different lettuces, baby beet leaves and spinach leaves -> So much better than a scabby old salad mix from woolies.
One last whine before I'm done. It had better rain soon! My tank went dry yesterday so its back to watering the patch with mains water which I'm reluctant to do because its not that great for my wicking beds. Fingers crossed we will see some spring rains soon.
Well that's it from me. Spring is nearly here people! Yay :)
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