Rain rivulets

Well, what can I say about the rain? Brisbane had a third of its annual rain fall in just 24 hours. We received 190mm in one day. It was heavy, windy rain – much worse then I’ve ever experienced in my lifetime, including our time in the UK. Thankfully our garden wasn’t hit too badly. There were water puddles around the vegetable beds. Some of the mulch around the natives had journeyed down the hill in the newly formed rivulets. One tree is showing off its roots, so we’ll have to salvage it soon. Needless to say, our tank is full again.

Either our garlic or tree onions are up. I’m suspecting the tree onions, as the garlic looked pretty mushy before I gave up on them. The beetroots are doing well and need thinning. One row of carrots have not shown up yet and the second row is spotted with the first lot of potatoes that we had planted (and had long given up hope on!). There’s one or two feathery carrots tops, but I have a feeling something might be eating them.

Green Change has an excellent illustrated post on hand pollinating zucchinis. This could have been the reason we only got one zucchini a few months ago. If only I had known! The bees love the clover in our grass, but as Matt loves mowing I guess we need a few more constant sources of bee nectar.

2 thoughts on “Rain rivulets

  1. Jason

    Shame about your garlic. I have about 6 rows of classic garlic and 5 of elephant garlic growing currently. Although some of the elephant garlic rotted due to the Easter rains. Given the price of the stuff (non-Chinese produce that is), I figured that this was a worth while crop. You can always try growing elephant garlic as it does better in this climate and has a shorter growing time.

    As for the bees and pollination, bees often tend to forage on certain types of flowers and different times. So while they may be attracted to your garden for one type of flower, don’t expect them to pollinate ever flower you have. I have only seen them pollinating cucurbits (pumpkins, zucchini, and the like) during certain periods of time during the year.

    Also don’t forget about the array of native bees. They will often pollinate flowers which European honey bees would not touch.

    Cheers,
    Jason.

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