The garden has been looking pretty messy in parts. The time to do a big clean-up is usually in the spring here, but I was away from Sept-Nov, and things did get a bit weedy and out of hand! I had a great time in Santa Cruz though, so it was worth it!
During the hottest part of the summer is not the time to start clearing weeds and rakind dusty pathways, and so much of it has waited until now. We haven't had any rain to speak of, but the days are shorter and cooler... most days around 30C rather than 38-40C.
The soil is still warm, so it is the time to plant as long as there is enough water to keep seeds damp and to maintain growth.
And so it is.... much of this patch is planted.... carrots, onions, silver beet, beetroot, potatoes, leeks, celery, broccoli, fennel, coriander.... perhaps others.... the empty patches at the back are not ready yet. On the LHS at the back will be broad beans (to be planted later in April) and at the back RHS (where Chris has recently added plenty of gypsum, I'll plant some more silver beet (broad beans were there last year and nothing since.)
The other interesting spot is this green spot amongst the dry dusty ground here....
I have also trimmed back the lavender and the lemon verbena...
The funny thing is that, as I read about my northern hemisphere friends planting for the summer, I am planting for the winter, and this is often the most productive part of the year.
Next summer though, I'll be trying a few now tricks to manage the heat and lack of rain. I may even have another tank or two :)