It’s the time of the year when I’d usually be blogging about the garden… but this year has been a little strange on the garden front. Still, there is green stuff growing so here’s a quick run down…
We had super hot weather early in November when we were still expecting to get frosts. Some plants loved it but most didn’t. Lettuce and parsley bolted to flower and the calendula that had flowered right through winter just about died.
Then we had 60 mls of rain in three days…. and then more after that. That was as unexpected as the hot weather and the sheer volume washed away some of my newly planted seedlings.
Then came the battle with the crows/ravens. My careful germinated seeds which I’d held onto inside during the heat wave and then finally planted out were ravaged by the crows. They just pull them out of the ground and leave them…. they don’t even eat the damn things. Then when I come out and cry over my lack of zucchini, cucumbers, melons and pumpkins they sit on the fence and laugh at me.
So I planted more seeds and collected a million sticks and spent hours bent over making little stick cages to keep the damn crows out. Now, finally, the seeds are sprouting and so far so good with the crow cages. But if anyone else has any ideas on how to get rid of the crows please let me know!
In other exciting news the Baldy Boy and his very clever mate got together and fixed our windmill which hadn’t been pumping all year. All those Aussies out there who are trying to grow gardens with super harsh water restrictions will understand how wonderful it is to have your own water and be able to use it however you choose!
So among the million and one weeds, the strawberries and rhubarb are still growing strong. The herbs are going nuts, and going to seed. The broad beans, peas and caulis are finally done. Tomatoes (both from seedling and seed) are growing but who knows if or when we’ll see fruit. We have popping corn sprouting nicely, along with sunflowers. A few beans that the crows didn’t attack and one or two potatoes that made it through the early heat. Plus the very late planted zucchini, cucumber, water melon, cantelope and pumpkin seeds which I am still hopeful will grow and fruit eventually.
So what’s growing at your place?