At last, a long overdue garden update, just as well I don’t have to hold my breath between posts.
I hope this doesn’t become a tiresome read … I can’t promise it won’t though, especially if you dear readers aren’t gardeners.
Hubby planted these – gorgeous aren’t they
We enjoyed an epic summer that was hot and dry requiring daily watering of our vegetables. To do so, one must be prepared for the onerous task of hauling 20 metres of hose around a hillside garden. You may raise an eyebrow in wonder, why would this be so tough?
a) the hose always gets caught in corners of the raised beds
b) the hose gets caught and twists stopping the flow of water
c) the hose gets tugged causing damage to corner side plants
d) the tangled hose gets ‘cracked like a whip’ also causing damage to plants
e) it’s not uncommon to slip and fall into a bed while tugging hose
f) expletives help
g) I wish I would stop singing the same song when watering .. mind you Six60 are a great band!
I think you get the general idea.
We got away with friends for 3 days. Our first trip in over a year – the Kari Kari Peninsula
In my herb & salad garden, my oregano grew as if on steroids, the celery’s performance however was shameful, the parsley didn’t make it past gate one thanks to four legged critters. Self seeded flowers and a couple of tomatoes have done famously, as have the chilli plants in this space, which I know are going to be hot.
Everybody needs someone to carry their camera case when on holiday
A delicious glass of vino enjoyed at the Carrington Vineyard – Kari Kari Peninsula
My chilli / capsicum bed is another matter. There is more calendula in here than anything else, zinnias which relish toppling over and flattening plants below, while several of the chillies are stunted, producing little. All is not bad though, the banana peppers are in abundance and are divine pickled, sliced and served on cheese – any cheese!
The carrot bed was a huge success and no I didn’t thin them! I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Next door to them were the dwarf beans, more calendula, zinnias and cosmos. There is also a cloche here with silverbeet and spinach – grown as a treat for my chooks! Nuts right? Oh my chickens are very well too – the young additions have fitted in nicely.
Love this, even if it is a lousy shot, hubby feeding the chickens
You may recall I mentioned runner beans growing up my sweet corn plants. They produced brilliantly. It’s just such a shame that they got so damned bolshy, hauling the corn to the dirt like some sumo wrestler. Next season, it’s back to the trellis for them.
Blue meets blue … waiting for the Challengers Cup to commence. America’s Cup 2021
Guaranteed one of my plants over the course of summer will make me cry! This year it was the tomatoes. Six healthy plants went into the dirt, were fed and watered – note to self, not feed enough. It didn’t take long however for a few leaves to brown and curl. Even studying the pest book ensured that I was none the wiser.
Then to add insult to injury, I found that my plants were covered in what I thought was a white fly … hmm truth is another blogger suspects that it might have been tomato physllid! Whatever it was, it absolutely nailed my tomatoes. Birds and chickens added to the pain. The only plants that did famously here are the basil (planted as a companion to the tomatoes) a purple zinnia (my fav colour) and more of those self seeded calendulas.
The zucchini garden was in full production most of summer, so it really came as no surprise when the powdery mildew appeared and there was plenty of that, leaves were quickly removed and binned. Oh and growing a cucumber up a trellis – you may recall my excitement, that was short lived.
And to think I haven’t even mentioned our orchard – still interested?
a) the peach trees were on strike this year
b) there was a glut of plums and damsons
c) trees are laden with figs, quince and pears
d) a pathetic crop of crab apples – apples in general actually
e) I need the tissue box again – we won’t be harvesting olives
I need to thank hubby for his work in picking the majority of our fruit. Even though I would pull faces when he would say with glee, he was off to pick yet another bucket!
Yes we have both been super busy preserving our crops this year (Bill’s absence assured that) :- plum sauce, damson jelly and jam, the world’s best spiced plum jam made by moi of course, and lots of poached plums with balsamic vinegar, sugar, star anise and cinnamon .. plate this up at night and serve with ice cream and yoghurt – heaven! Yellow contenders, with chow chow and pickled peppers.
I guess you have worked it out that Bill didn’t make it this summer. Not by choice mind you! I even considered bagging up some of our produce so he could preserve it on his next visit, but yes I resisted. As always you have been missed!