I know there’s really no rush to get everything done in the garden right away but I am just crawling out of my skin wanting to put my plans into action. Mr Good has done a great job making the garden beds, pulling out some unwanted bushes, building a gate for easy side access, putting up a climbing frame for the beans, a cage for the potatoes and some little fences to keep the dogs off the beds. However the reason he’s been able to do all of that is that I’ve had the kids, often taking them away for the afternoon or even a couple of days. I have to say I’m kind of jealous.
I would love some uninterrupted time in the garden to do a few of the things on my to do list. Even just an hour or two would at least let me get some cuttings planted that desperately need to get their feet in the ground and pull out some weeds that Miss Four has a nasty reaction to.
As this hour seems most elusive at the moment I am determined to do some garden work during the week to take advantage of the couple of sunny days we have forecast. Obviously this will be with ‘helpers’ and I will need to put on my zen gardening hat. At least weeding is pretty easy when everything in the bed is a weed so they should be able to get stuck and not have me on the edge waiting for them to pull out my prized tomato or something. Though Miss Four will definitely have to wear gloves or she’ll end up with aching hands she gets from a particular weed we have. Wish me luck! (Alternatively they could spend the afternoon dancing on the deck)
The other thing I am hanging out for is some consistent warmer weather so I can plant my tomatoes. I got these beauties from Skud (thanks!) when she visited Ballarat recently. Sadly (and ironically given what I just said) I lost one to the heat on our ONE hot day. I forgot to open the greenhouse that morning and by the time I got out there everything was looking pretty droopy. The remaining four perked up again with a good drink and a cool day the next day, but one of the wild sweeties didn’t make it. Thankfully this is the one variety she gave me two of and I’m really looking forward to trying it.
One of them already has some flowers on it and they are getting a little too big for their pots. I think I’ll plant them around the first week of November and hope that the soil is warm enough and we don’t get any more freezing mornings. I also have beans busting out of the seed trays and wanting the send their shoots skyward. I would usually plant beans direct but I didn’t have the beds ready and I thought I’d give them a head start in the greenhouse. I hope they transplant alright.
But as with everything I need to be patient….. if I can possibly manage it. Are you a patient gardener, taking your time to do things properly and when you have ample time to do them, or an overly-eager one like me. Do you enjoy gardening with your children or prefer the peace and quiet of gardening alone?