It hasn’t rained for nearly three weeks now and our tank is probably only half full. I guess that means we could water the vegetables and fruit trees for six weeks without any rain and or using the mains. The pressure has decreased though and it takes longer to water. Still no pump, for some reason it’s just hasn’t been a priority.
I wanted to plant out some bulbs in the front garden. An old work colleague drove past our house and said “is yours the house with overgrown garden?” smirking, of course. Grrr. We have been concentrating all our efforts on the backyard. The edibles get most of our attention and they are situated close to the tank, which hangs off the back of our garage. So Sunday, I spent a futile hour trying to pull up grass near the public footpath. My shoulder is now aching and I still didn’t get any bulbs in. Fortunately it’s a holiday today and I can rest my mouse-arm, by indulging in more vampire and werewolf stories.
Matt has been battling the grass out the back and slowly making more progress with the mulching. It makes my sinuses all blocked up so I’ve been using any excuse to get out of it. We’ve run out of newspapers so we’re both off the hook today.
On the food producing front the shallots have put up green shoots, but not the garlic. The potatoes are also sprouting leaves. The beetroot has tiny first leaves, but not the carrot as far as we can tell. The beans I planted as seeds are up, and trying to catch up to the ones that were planted as seedlings. The cabbage is looking healthy, although something has been nibbling so I guess another spray is in order.
I’ve finally pulled up the fourth bed. After much heartache, I discovered a splattering of black and white dots underneath the leaves and decided if the plants weren’t going to fruit properly then they weren’t going to become havens for pest colonies. As I threw segments of the vine into the wheelie bin, I discovered little green caterpillars, hairy spiders and yellow ladybirds.
Later as I was reading the zucchini seed packet, I think I discovered the problem. You aren’t supposed to plant zucchini, squash and pumpkin that close to each other as it can cause cross-pollination. I think I planted about six different kinds in the one bed. I’m surprised we didn’t grow a totally new monster species. Oops.
The fourth bed has been battered down by the rain and is now only half full. We’ll need to top it up with more sugar cane mulch and manure, before we can plant anything in there yet.
April was another disappointing month and we didn’t reach our monthly target again. But the chokos have started producing and a few days in things are already starting to look up. Dark clouds are circling above and natural rain always give the vegetables a growth spurt. Just what we need now.
Rain, rain, come again….