When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
We have had our driest July on record and went for a full fortnight without a drop of rain. Which is unusual for Winter!
On the plus side, the weather has given us a preview of spring with glorious, cool sunny days that have had us enjoying the outdoors at the expense of the housework! As I discovered, our winter sun still has bite and I was gardening for a few hours one day, and even with my hat on, achieved a sunburned nose.
The warmer weather has kept the slugs and snails at a minimum. My little bloke is fantastic with his caterpillar patrols, quickly squishing any offenders on the spot. Consequently, only a few have showed up in the odd pea, and we have plucked a few off the cabbages. I have one lone broad bean that seems to appeal most to the black aphids!
Work continues on our front garden beds, I am so excited to get them underway! My legume sowing experiment is coming along really well, they will be ready to plant out next month.
Let’s hope rain arrives soon and the veggie patches can enjoy a long drink . Then I can get the house clean, tidy and stocked!
Eight Ball Zuchinni
Sugar Snap Peas
Red Malabar Spinach
Beetroot – Cylindria
Beetroot – Mini
Citrus – Lemon
Dragon fruit – from cuttings
Purple sprouting brocollini
Broad Beans – Coles Early Dwarf
Broad Beans – Scarlett Flowered
Blueberries – Denise
Blueberry – Bridgett
Blueberry – Nelly Kelly
Potato – Mary-Lou
Citrus – Blood Orange
Citrus – Emporor mandarin
Citrus – Washinton Navel
What’s Sown? (still seedlings, yet to be planted in their beds)
Baby Cabbage ~ 0% germination (but giving them the benefit of the doubt!)
Nasturtium ~ 20% germination
Chickpeas ~ 100% germination
Adzuki Beans ~ 50% germination
Soy Beans ~ 10% germination
Amaranth ~ 25% germination
Puy Lentils ~ 100% germination
Tomatoes ~ 50% germination
English Lavender ~ 100% germination
Alpine Strawberries ~ 50% germination
Thai Basil ~ 75% germination
What’s Gone? (and any lessons learned!)
Eight Ball Zuchinni – Powdery Mildew covered the leaves as it was grown in a rather shady spot. More sun next time please!
Lebanese Cucumber – Seemed to just curl up and die after a few good cucumbers, but not near the bounty that I grew last summer. I planted cucumber in the warmer months and it thrived, I thought they would benefit even more from cooler temp and regular rainfall. Seems I was wrong.
Coming up next month…..
I have ordered all my spring seeds and will soon begin sowing spring seedlings. Just how many and of what variety depends on how fast the front garden can be completed, and if the warm continues. I did splurge on plenty of tomatoes this season. Buying supermarket tomatoes has been an exercise in watery disappointment. I can’t wait to be eating our own.