April is always the best time outback. The transition is palpable and you get more opportunities to spend time relating to the dirt because the days are no longer so darn hot.
I'm in the process of reducing my veg garden size -- that is the plots for annuals -- by engineering some efficiency changes via group and intense plantings. I'm also culling my plantings by staggering them more.
I have expanded the chook pen yet again, which now encompasses the Vetiver nursery. That's where we 'bring on' the slips after division while the chooks keep the weeds down.
Aside from the ever generous choko I don't suffer from surplus. We eat what we sew.
While there was a disappointing corn harvest, I am getting quality comestibles from my labours. Even, touch my nose, the garlic I planted in March has taken.
That's a first.
As an experiment I have planted tomato next to consolidated Vetiver clumps. (Moisturising the roots but not the leaves) Not only will the Vetiver sustain the toms but I'm keen to ramble the tomato stems as they grow over the Vetiver for support.
I have planted Couve Tronchuda (Portuguese Kale) in but I'm not sure if it is growing. I'm seeking its taste rather than try to grow cabbages again which in my patch are unreliable and take forever to grow. I also have a few Cassava growing as a hedge, but I'm not eating them.
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