I’m leaping for joy. Ordinarily this would be the last day of summer! Normally, on this day I would begin to bemoan the demise of the fair weathered season and get ready for all things all things autumn. However, this year thanks to the calendar and its leap year, we get one more day of summer! Hooray! I have to say, I’m quite happy with this arrangement – if a season has to extended by one day, then summer is probably the best one to do it to! We shall spend it out upon the water, doing a bit of fishing, maybe some swimming – well the kids will probably swim. It needs to be a bazillion degrees before I get in the water and that temperature for the most part has passed us by for the season. We’ll probably fire up the BBQ and just enjoy the last summer day. It just so happens to be on a Saturday – which makes things so much easier.
But as far as summers go this was a hard one in the garden. I tried my best, but there were several times I really wanted to pull the plug on the whole thing. But at this point of the season I am actually happy with the garden. It is looking good and there is change a foot. Well not dramatically life changing change, just making life easier in the garden change.
The first thing is I have decided to be proactive with removing the dead and dying. Historically I would leave the brown and crispy until the very last moment in a defiant attempt to cling to the summer. While there are tomatoes in the garden it is still the growing season – they don’t necessarily have to be alive… But I have decided this approach is not helpful as it makes the garden look messy and less than lush and flourishing. So now if its fading, its gone!
The downside of this is the bare patches are appearing faster than normal. I’m not a fan of bare patches, but it is inevitable at this time of year and should encourage me to get on with my winter sowing so I can have a productive garden in good time over the winter. Fortunately we don’t get frost in the new garden, so I am still exploring just what can be grown here in the middle of winter. Normally my summer ending denial means I’m a little late to the seed sowing party. Not this time – I have gaps to fill and to be honest I just want to put this whole sorry season behind me.
The other change is I have a new tool shed, which still needs a bit of work on it to finish a few bits and bobs, but I’ll save the details for this for another time as I really want to do a bit of a ‘Did-Dah’ thing with it. So, watch this space.
I am also looking forward to what autumn has to offer – rain! We have had one significant rainfall (last weekend) since the last significant rainfall just before Christmas. It hasn’t been easy to keep everyone well-watered, let alone clean!
So, as we depart this growing season and pass the baton on to the Northern Hemisphere, I have to say, all the best – I hope it will be better for you than it was for me.
Come again soon – it is almost autumn… almost, but not quite!
Sarah the Gardener : o)