A garden bathed in sunshine is loaded with potential, unleashing our creativity. The hard work from us and the worms during winter and spring is paying off as our community garden/s are bursting with life.
With us now being very organised gardeners, all things gardening starts with writing up what need’s to be done and has been completed in our specially acquired gardening dairy.
As I hinted, we are on to it this year.
The notes assist the Squire, who has started planting seeds at the Community Garden shade house. Other gardeners do so regularly, an economical way of having a regular source of our favourite vegetables. We’re keeping the seed-raising task simple at the start by choosing to do just two vegetables this month: lettuce and beetroot. Other seeds are at hand once the Squire has got into the swing of all things to do with seed production. He’s doing a splendid job which is not surprising as he’s been gardening on and off since he was knee-high to a grasshopper.
As I write this post, the weather has turned. It’s sunny and warm; the sky is blue, and the cicadas are singing. Now that is the kind of summer we have been looking forward to because it’s mid-January.
Though not long ago, during late December and early January, the weather had been anything but regular with the sunshine, which led to grumpily regular discussions with most folk, especially gardeners. Beside the growing beans, there have been numerous conversations regarding climate change to the annoyance of yet more rain on the horizon. Some locals question whether we have started or restarted summer due to the deluge of rain and wind, which signals the beginning of the cyclone season.
Gloomy weather aside, it’s still here, summer, and we are happy to report that most things in the garden are handling the mix of weather quite nicely. Those vegetables that have rewarded us with abundance are spinach, silverbeet, beetroot, lettuce, beans and herbs such as basil. Except for the tomatoes, though, that subject is not to be mentioned as we are still in the throes of disappointment, if not disillusioned, to the point that we considered not bothering again. What a thought to have as a summer garden without tomatoes isn’t a summer garden at all.