But it took a lot of hard work and I’m pretty knackered. So it’s now safe to say I am fully over my melodramatic outburst of the other day. In fact let’s just pretend the whole sorry episode never happened.
After a mow and some hard work the garden is now looking like something to be proud of. I’ve pruned and tied in my wayward tomatoes and now I can see loads and loads of green ones that will be red before I know it and then the tomato glut will start with gusto!
I bit the bullet and went out and bought lettuce seedlings as the ones I sowed on the beach don’t even have true leaves yet, but the ones in the garden had gone all bitter and despite having an incredible flower display, they needed to go. The chickens and the goats thought all their Christmas’s had come at once when I delivered armfuls of ‘had it’ salad over their fences.
I also tried to buy seed potatoes as all the current gardening newsletters are saying you should be able to get one more crop of spuds if you choose a quick maturing variety. But everyone seems to have beaten me to them as I can’t find any in any of my favourite gardening supply stores. There were loads right before Christmas, and I kick myself for not grabbing some then, but my head was filled with “visions of dancing sugar plums” and all things festive. I’ll keep my eyes peeled but I don’t fancy my chances.
Another thing I did buy were these extra-large 42 litre buckety type things. I was looking for large pots to put the sweet potatoes into – I know, I’m a little late, but that’s what happens when Christmas gets in the way. The plan was and is to keep them in containers, because when it is time to dig them up my ground is too boggy and they just rot. If I have them in containers then they will stay relatively dry and it they aren’t quite ready I’ll just shift them into the greenhouse.
I’ve harvested loads of onion and garlic and I have to say I think it has been my best crop ever! The garlic is huge, but not a huge as the elephant garlic. That stuff is phenomenal!
The lavender I grew from seed was looking a little peaky so I sat myself down and transplanted all 113 into bigger pots. At this stage they are now probably worth about $60 as a six pack of seedlings are selling for “3 for $9.99”. But once they grow to fill their pots they should be worth over $500. Not bad from a pack of seeds worth $2.45. That should make our wee landscaping project a bit more cost effective.
It has been a real struggle to soldier on and get things done as it has been so hot. There is no escape from it, even at night it is too hot to sleep. As this hot period doesn’t tend to go on for ever we don’t have such luxuries as air conditioners in the house, and the one in the car has died and so there really is no escape – except possibly going shopping. Any excuse aye!
I have had my irrigation system on pretty much permanently and the garden really seems to appreciate it and is positively glowing in response. But the irrigation system that feeds the hanging baskets failed and sent a spray of water out over the roof instead of helping out my lovely but droopy flowers. So I got onto a ladder and pulled it down to have a look. There was a great split in the hose. A new hose with the irrigation spikes swapped over and plugged in and a bit of help from Hubby the Un-Gardener to get it all back into the gutter and the flowers were able hold their heads high once again.
There is still loads to do, but then that is the nature of gardening. There will always be loads to do. But when I stand back and put my grubby hands on my dirt stained hips I can look over all I have achieved and feel a sense of pride once more.
Come again soon – the tomatoes will be ripe soon.
Sarah the Gardener : o )