Monday, 13 May 2013

Vegetables, rain and a labyrinth

I continue to be a rather infrequent poster here in recent weeks.  Life has a way of interfering with one's best intentions.   However,  the garden continues to produce, despite my ignoring of it on some days.  Gardens, luckily, can be so forgiving at times like these.
Today I collected enough for dinner for me...  potatoes, eggs, broccoli side shoots, two jalapenos, a few black capsicums (these are from a recent flowering, quite late in the season) and the last red onion from the last crop.    It looks like some kind of frittata or potato gnocchi with a vegetable sauce.... to be decided.  (All of this is from the garden this afternoon.)  The eggs are from my new pullets and I am now getting four a day of quite small eggs... any that are noticeabky bigger have two yolks.  It seems that I've always had that when they are still "learners".

The serious lack of rain is becoming an issue.   Farmers around here are dry sowing seed in anticipation of rain that has so far been pretty scarce.  We have had rain on only 10 or 12 days so far this year,  for a total of about 60 mm so far (8.5 mm in the last few days.)  Even this tiny bit of rain has allowed green shoots (weeds!) to pop through all over the place.

 I have planted a few of my regular winter vegetable crops,  though not in the amounts that I would have in other years...  it may turn out to be to hard to maintain the water supply to them.  I usually plant my broad beans around Anzac day (April 25th) but this year the weather was far too "summery" then and germination might have been rather haphazard (temperature and water problems) and so I postponed that for a few weeks.  With the little bit of rain over the past couple of days,  it might well be just the time to plant them this week.
So far, the healthiest crops seem to be the garlic and onions and the transplanted brassicas in the small (summer) garden which is always the priority when watering is needed.

I have had another tank delivered, and it will soon be "hooked up" to the house supply, giving me a regular 18,000 litres for inside use.  Now that the tank has been moved,  I can continue with the labyrinth installation.
The part around the other side is more or less completed with rocks, except for the part near the stobie pole...  I need to move some soil for that spot.
The side closest in the photograph is marked with a few stones and I can now walk right around the pathway and it is quite long.  I like it very much.  There is an old mulberry tree in the middle, well pruned and loved by birds,  and somehow the thought of going round and round the mulberry bush seem quite appropriate.  The friendly graffiti on the shed and the fence actually add to my pleasure... they are done by several of my children.  More to go....  progressing slowly but surely.

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