‘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
“Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.” ~Douglas William Jerrold, about Australia, A Land of Plenty
One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. ~W.E. Johns
Most unusually for a garden blog, I have not planted anything these last few months. Just as I was going to rename my blog to something like “Rants-about-the-heat-and-drought” the seasons seemed to shift and the cool break has arrived.
The lure of the backyard was irresistible and I was finally able to get out in the garden and do some planting.
I have three raised colour bond beds in my backyard that are overlooked by the deck, so I was keen to get them planted first. (P) stands for punnet, and indicates seedlings have been sown. (S) is for seeds sown directly in the patch.
Leeks (P) and Spring Onions (P)
Red cabbage (P), Brocollini (P)and Cavalo Nero (Tuscan Kale) (S) and Chives (P)
Red Malabar Spinach (P), Baby Beetroot (S), Garlic chives (P) Cavalo Nero (S)
Rainbow Chard (S).
My Lounge bed is an upcycled cane lounge. Given it’s retro 70’s origins, I’m thinking the Rainbow Chard will be suitably flamboyant!
You will note I have used snail pellets to protect the seedlings. Last season, the snails appreciated the beer baits I laid out for them as a pre-dinner drink, before feasting on zuchinni seedlings until they were all gone. Overnight. I took it a bit personally and I am determined not to give the drunken greedy buggers a go at these seedlings! Thanks to the rain and cool, ants have been a bit of a problem, like always. They just seem to be a fact of life in sandy soil.
After all that effort and despite the kid’s “helping”, I also had time to stake up the new trellis for the cucumbers and for the peas.
The countdown is on. Only three more days until the school holidays and then I let the gardening binge begin!