The gardens this year have largely been a disappointment. Crops like the potatoes, cucumbers, zuchinni, butternuts, pumpkins, and beans have either refused to fruit or curled up and died due to that extreme heatwave we had. But the aubergine, beetroot and capsicum all in the drought resistant frog garden are doing very well.
Now that it is cooler, and it is delightfully cooler with the temperatures for the next ten days forecast to be in the eighties we have begun to replant. Once again gardening is a joy and ever so slowly little showers of rain are popping in to visit. We had a squall that arrived when we were out yesterday evening. All the windows and doors were open as usual and we came home to a rain soaked bed and puddles on the kitchen floor. Lamps were blown over, every window sill on that side was cleared as a few screens were blown in but luckily the mattress has a sheepskin cover so it was not soaked through. No-one minded mopping that rain up!! It was a good drop!
Anyway lets have a wee look at the garden. These gorgeous things are Post Indicator Valves. John brings me rocks from work sometimes or he brings me fire hydrants, some of which are very old and the other day he brought me another one of these. The one in the foreground is quite old. They have been made from the same mould for almost a hundred years but are all dated. I have no idea what these do so don’t even begin to ask me. I just like the colour and their lovely strong shapes in the gardens.
The tomatoes are the best crop so far this year. The crockpot has been going almost 24 hours a day for a few weeks now, making summer sauce, and there is more to come. I make the sauce in tiny batches with whatever I pick that day, last night as I wrote 4 jars of summer sauce were jiggling in their water bath. Wonderful.
My grapes are rocking along. They don’t mind it dry. These are the Vidal Blanc, they are the wine grapes and we will have a great crop this year. Touch wood. (We should call this blog Touchwood-I have you guys doing it with me so often!!) There were almost no Japanese Beetles out here this year and this has made a fantastic difference to the grapes. There is a marked lack of bugs this year. I have not seen any mosquitos.
How about this for optimism. Remember how Our John put his tomatoes in early predicting an early spring? Now I find he has started reseeding summer crops in the middle of summer. Is he looking for a long summer or a long mild autumn?
I hope so. The late summer crops are being sown too. Cabbage and brocolli mainly. More lettuce soon and cilantro and beans. My summer beans have been rubbish so far. May as well pop in some more and see what happens.
Good morning. I have a rain gauge now, thanks to my kindly neighbour, and yesterday evening it had measured 3/10ths of an inch, with another tiny shower during the night. Another little gift. We are very cool today with a high of 77. I had planned to take in the rest of the honey this week but as I don’t have an extractor, I need the honey to drip out into the buckets and for that to happen it needs to be hot! Brilliant problem! But the cool is perfect cheese making weather. And so stress free.
We will wait for the honey. I love this cooler summer weather.
You all have a lovely day.
what we were doing exactly a year ago – sustainable, what does it mean?. I am not very fond of labels. Being organic, or vegetarian, or bio dynamic or natural or whatever. I wriggle under the constraints of other peoples rules. Every one of these clubs has a list of don’ts. I do prefer to just do what we can and roll with life. Quietly discover who we are. I try to explain this here. If this were rewritten in a more intelligible way this should probably be in my opening chapter of the Farmy book. See what you think.