Talk about four seasons in one day (or perhaps two days) in Melbourne over the weekend. We had a hot and humid start after a couple of very hot days and nights, a brief but impressive thunder and lightening storm followed by some good rain (though not for as long as I was hoping) and today was a little cooler but gloriously sunny. It was also, thankfully a quieter and more relaxed weekend than we’ve had recently.
Miss Three and I had a trip to the toy library and the farmer’s market as usual. What made this week unusual was that instead of munching her way through just about every food type on offer (it must be her best meal of the week with all the free samples and stalls selling cakes, biscuits, icy poles etc) she only asked for a drink of water! The best thing about the markets at this time of year has to be the fruit; nectarines, peaches, apricots, apples, strawberries and of course cherries. Certainly enough to supply interesting and suitably sweet snacks for all of us for the week.
Saturday afternoon saw the whole family chilling out in the back yard watching a storm rolling in. It rained lightly for quite a while before it really started and Miss Three was so excited about being allowed to play outside in the rain. In that time I finally managed to plant out the few remaining seedlings including some corn to fill in the gaps from where my seeds didn’t germinate, two rows of lettuce, a row of pak choy and a row of leeks where the broad beans were. I transplanted a rogue tomato which was about to be swamped by the zucchinis into where the garlic was. I’m pretty sure this is not recommended (ie tomato following garlic in the same bed and very quick succession) however it was the only space I had. I added some compost and blood and bone and then gave it a drink with worm wee so hopefully it will do okay. I also had a couple of dodgy looking capsicum and chilli seedlings that I’ve poked in the spare end of the root vegetables bed which is slowly being emptied.
So for a quick run down of what’s in the garden vegetable wise here’s my list:
About 20 bean plants (3 varieties)
5 French pumpkins (courtesy of Andrea last year)
6 cucumbers (3 Lebanese and 3 Long)
Lots of potatoes (Pink Fir, Dutch Cream and King Edwards)
11 corn plants
3 eggplants (1 regular and 2 Lebanese)
2 capsicums (1 over wintered and already flowering and forming fruit)
10 tomatoes (San Marzano, Principe Borgese, Armish Paste and Rogue de Marmande, plus the rogues)
Lots of lettuce (mixed varieties)
Basil, parlsey, thyme, sage, rosemary, coriander, chives, bay
Onions and spring onions
Garlic (nearly ready to lift)
And fruit (all with fruit on them at various stages of maturity)
Jonathan apples (nothing on the Granny Smith)
Plum (though only two)
Figs (next door, but hanging over the fence)
The other garden activity Miss Three and I got up to was to plant out a fairy garden. We put lots of flower seedlings in it including marigolds, nasturtiums, zinnias, cosmos (red and white) and of course a couple of fairies. The garden is right outside her bedroom window so I hope it will look lovely and colourful in the coming months. Unfortunately the soil was pretty terrible, hopefully the compost and blood and bone will help with that. It also isn’t in full sun, but should get a few hours in the middle of the day which will hopefully be enough. The rest of the bed is currently bare, but being under the big fig tree it is in constant shade. I thought some impatients might work in there. Are there any other shade tolerant flowers?
Sunday was a even more relaxed (though with some marking of Year 10 Geography exams). The four of us plus the dog went to a nearby park this afternoon, anything to avoid the marking! It was a gorgeous day and an outing was just what we needed. For the first time Miss Three rode her bike, both Mr Good and I had images of carrying the bike home, but she made it there and back without problems. As well as the ride there, she did countless laps of the basketball court on the bike, round and round the kids trying to play a game. I was hoping that would exhaust her enough so that she would be in bed asleep early, but sadly she was up just a few minutes ago (well after 9pm) as was Miss One. Oh well, I guess it will be two grumpy tired girls greeting me after work tomorrow… nothing new there.
The next few weekends we are busy with the start of the Christmas celebrations so it was a nicely timed quiet few days. And with that the rest of those exams are calling me name. Hope you enjoyed your weekend too.