Welcome to 2015’s very first blog post and the first for quite a while. I have enjoyed a break from most of my regular schedule over the last couple of weeks and have spent some lovely, quiet time with my family, close and extended. We had a very exciting (for the kids) and happy Christmas and brought in the New Year with a sedate gathering with my siblings, their partners and children. The food was great! We had cleared out pretty soon after midnight (as happens post children) and then on New Years Day Mr Good headed up to the river (Murray that is) with mates for a few days. The kids and I spent a gorgeous day at the beach and then hunkered down inside to endure a couple of days of horrendous heat, wild winds and then a drenching storm.
The garden has kicked into summer gear and I have started picking a few new things here and there. I’m looking forward to the real summer harvests (ie tomatoes) but in the meantime here is my garden update as part of the Garden Share Collective.
About 20 tomato plants of various varieties and various stages of growth
Lots of strawberries
Five capsicums (is it just me or are these super slow growing, any tips to give them a boost?)
Two yellow and one Black Jack zucchini
Two butternut pumpkin
Beans of various types
Two sugar snap peas (have not had much luck with these)
Three Lebanese Cucumbers (another slow grower)
Strawberries – a least a couple of handfuls every few days
A few sugar snap peas
The first three beans
The first yellow zucchini
And the last of the big garlic harvest (no more in the garden now)
Lots of weeding – need to keep on top of the kykuyu grass
Pest control – I have white flies in plague proportions and the pear tree has pear slug. I think I’ve conquered the slugs until the next lot of eggs hatch, but the white flies are making a complete mess of my herbs, potatoes and are starting on the beans. Apparently this is a bad year for them – any one else have trouble with white fly? Think I’m going to have to spray with Pyrethrum.
To finish I thought you might enjoy like these pictures capturing my two girls enjoying the rain and coo change after the terrible weather we had on Saturday.