The weather over the weekend was sensational .. blue skies, cloud puffs, warmth, birds, bees and happy chooks. I threw open the gate to the chook paddock and out they marched, disappearing over the hill.
Do you have a secret garden? Years ago I went on holiday to Australia and came back to find a vege garden installed near our forest, miles away from the house and devoid of water. Oh dear out of sight out of mind – get the picture? Needless to say I was shocked if not mildly amused when I stumbled on it.
Anyway, over the years it has grown yakons, spuds and pumpkins for us although the yields of the latter have been diminishing each year thanks to very dry summers. So with this in mind, I opted not to plant those from the cucurbit family, but instead shoved some Cliff Kidney spuds into this space.
I had the usual amount of fun prepping the garden too! Weeding, trimming resident geranium, gloating at the garlic which is self seeded and grows on the ‘outside’ of the garden and enjoying the wildlife that was watching my endeavours.
Hubby had previously broad forked the bed as it was compacted .. I’m not a fan of disturbing the soil, but sometimes it is necessary. Our ATV close by was loaded with coffee grounds, planting mix, Rok Solid fish / seaweed fertiliser and the contents of a well pickled Bokasi bin which gets tossed into holes in the garden and buried.
What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday .. getting grubby in the garden and wiping my hands unceremoniously on my pants. Who cares, I do the washing ..
The spuds are now safely entrenched in the soil, coffee grounds and fertiliser have been strewn about … and to top it off, it rained last night, how good is that? While this bed doesn’t get all day sun, I’m hoping that we may be removing the odd potato in time for Christmas. More on that later ..
Golden Queen with some rain on the horizon ..
I love the way the garden wakes up after winter .. our orchard is a mass of blossoms providing tucker for bees and bugs and a promise of fruit to come.
With my camera (also slightly dirty) not far away, I took loads of photos .. loving the magic that the weather has created.
Seeds have finally gone into a tray and are currently sitting in the garage on a heat pad.
And at last I have finally preserved some lemons and thrown some blanched broccoli in the freezer.
Did I say that I have also patted myself on the back?