Summer is a very loose term around here over the last few days. We’ve all got our winter wear on and using electric blankets at night!
But with this cool change, comes a little bit of rain. Not a lot, just enough to make the dandelions grown in my lawn. Not enough to actually turn my lawn from yellow straw to grass though. It won’t last, next week is going to be back up in the mid thirties.
Over the long weekend we enjoyed tasting and rating all our tomatoes. The mini roma are delightful, the green zebras rather yummy, but best of all were the mini yellow pear shaped ones. They are amazing! My regular size tomatoes are good too. I think mini tomatoes are the winners this season.
My poor plants are drooping all over the place heavy with fruit. Next year I need to set up a better staking system.
The rocket is coming along nicely and I thought I could see a couple of other little seeds sprouting up, but I won’t be counting those chickens just yet.
My little pumpkins are adorable. I am not sure when I should pick them. I am definitely planting more of those next year!!
I have resorted to writing this blog post on my mobile as my Internet connection is so slow that the WordPress site won’t load on .
I’ll keep it brief.
I’ve picked more tomatoes and a zucchini. They taste like success.
My “hard love” seeds have been watered daily and what do you know? The rocket has already sprouted up!
That’s something to think about for next time.
This week I’ll be giving my capsicums and eggplants some plant food. This might be the missing key to their growth. My mum said they need a lot of feeding. Why didn’t they write THAT on the punnet?!
The weather couldn’t get anymore contrary this week.
Wednesday I was sweating it out on my run, thankful that I had done all my gardening in the morning. Ok, so it was a high of about 27 degC here, but coming out of a winter where the nights were below zero that feels like the surface of the sun. Today and yesterday, in contrast, are cold rainy affairs that have my thermostat turning on the heaters!
All this adds up to lots of growth in my garden in the coming days, I think.
I still need to get rid of the finished crops and think about what I can put in their places.
My pumpkin seeds have started popping up. I planted 4 in each mound and so far there are 3 on the right and one of the left. I wish this same success rate could be applied to my capsicum mix! Just when I was thinking about tipping them out and starting over I see this morning that one of them has possibly popped up. Or maybe it is a weed. Either way, I have consulted the oracle (Google) and it seems I can plant the seeds up until the end of November and that they need to be in the seed trays for 5 weeks before going into the garden bed.
These capsicums are starting to sound like a long term plan.
I used to have Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes as my ringtone for ages. I just remembered that. I have found some lovely, stylistically varied versions on Soundcloud. I really liked the idea of the Salsa one, but it needed a little extra oomph. Like may some marraccas or castanets.
This one has soul. He may not always sing in tune, but he has the attitude.