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If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.Alfred Lord Tennyson
“The garden is growth and change and that means loss as well as constant new treasures to make up for a few disasters.” ~ May Sarton
‘Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.’ ~Lindley Karstens
There is no gardening without humility. Nature is constantly sending even its oldest scholars to the bottom of the class for some egregious blunder. ~ Alfred Austin
“If you saw a heat wave, would you wave back?” Steve Wright.
I was in the kitchen whizzing up a batch of worm breakfast when I heard the news.
“…and those in Perth are up for a new summer record! 7 days of over 38 degrees. It’s going to be the hottest week since 1965. Stay cool sandgropers!”
That is not cool. Literally.
That kind of heat means there is little I can do for my plants. I have already mulched and mixed water retaining compounds into my soil. I cant just keep the sprinkler on all day either without risking a fine for breaching restrictions. Our water is so scarce, it wouldn’t feel right anyway. The best I can do is water them with the hand held hose each morning, give them a good drenching. In the evening, they can get an extra drink with the water recycled from the kids wading pool.
So now I have a dilemma.
What should get watered? Who can be “let go”?
The melons have fruit ripening, water.
The sweet potato appears indestructable, water.
The pumpkins are really struggling as it is, with no fruit on them at all. Go.
The tomatoes didn’t really thrive and will not probably survive the heat stress. Go.
So here is the final list.
The Hit List;
- sweet potatoes
- basil in raised bed.
So after 7 days of baking heat without water, the “go” plants will be removed and are destined for the compost bin.
I don’t have any compost ready at the moment, so I am going to prepare the empty beds with some purchased mushroom compost, plus a good mix of sugarcane mulch. I am the planning to cover the empty beds with weedmat or hessian to let the beds settle ready for the autumn planting season. I have been disappointed with the vegie patch yields so far, but clearly, the better the soil, the better the yield. It’s worth making a bigger investment of my time and efforts to get the soil improved.
In the meantime, should we get a cool day or two in the coming months, I have some big plans for another neglected corner of the garden, a space for a vegie patch workshop/greenhouse!
I am going to plan to have no plants to harvest in Janauary or February next year. Its just too risky. Or, I will have to find some pretty cast-iron-strength specimens that can handle the heat. Any suggestions?
What do you do when the heat is on?
“Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.” ~ Thomas Fuller,Gnomologia, 1732
Each time I turn over a garden bed and prepare it for new visitors, I revitalize my pretty meager soil with the contents of my compost barrels and worm casings.
As the new plants are bedded in, the watering starts and so do the surprises!
Where I last had beans, I am now growing watermelons and rockmelons. I have also been pulling out tomatoes, capsicums, runner and broad beans from that patch. A few fine specimens have been allowed to mingle. I have also managed to transplant a few to new homes.
The most productive cherry tomato bush I have in the garden at the moment sprouted from the side of my old compost bin. Tomatoes seem to be the most prolific sprouter’s, they have returned to every spot that I have planted them previously.
Even last season’s sunflowers are making a few new appearances.
I have two mango trees that have sprouted from pips that have been placed in the worm farm.
Yesterday, while taking a break from writing this very article, I found an avocado sprouting from a composted seed nestled in the capsicum bed. Camouflage style, very stealthy.
It is actually rather a wonderful problem to have. Especially when you consider my frustration with actually trying to propagate seeds! Plus, you know how much I love anything that is FREE!
What free-love plants show up in your garden?