Category Archives: Gardening

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It’s been an interesting year. 2012

today is:  7th of Tevet, 5773.

A lovely day, warm, sunny at last, after days of rain.

Softened by a cool light playful breeze.

The leeks are in flower. And the purple bouquets are abuzz with bees,

happily drinking leek nectar.

And the garlic too is beginning to flower…2 bright mauvy red heads.  I only planted two cloves.

The chinise cabbage is growing fast.  Lately I’ve taken up searching through the leaves, picking off green caterpillars.  I don’t kill them.  Instead I move them to a pile of weeds on the other side of the yard, where  they can munch as much as they like.

There’s half a dozen tomato plants. These are bushing out and growing taller.  Saw a yellow flower on one, so soon, in a couple of weeks there should be lots more.  These plants are grown from seeds collected from tomatoes we bought from Mannies’.

The parsley seeds didn’t grow…but I expected that as they were a couple of years old.

I’m much happier with the row of spring onions.  Big enough now to use with meals & needing thinning out.

To one side potatoes also sprouting, bushing up & out. 

And I’ve prepared a couple of small gaps for the celery plants I hope to transplant out of pots.

I intend to go out there with the camera later, maybe post some pics.

For now though, I need to relax with my feet up for a while .

Update (Finally)

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It has been a long long winter, a winter that continued well into late spring.  Month after month of freezing rains, downpours that went on for days & weeks on end.  It was like full-blown monsoon, except not warm rain, but icy in huge drops pelting down. The freezing gale-force winds driving them sideways. Snow & hail melting as it slid down the window glass.

So much water for so long roads made unpassable, the railway line washed out causing all trains cancelled for months, & on-going flooding including the  Yallourn coal mine filling with millions of litres of water as the mine walls collapsed and Latrobe and Morwell Rivers fell in…and they are still struggling to drain the opencut…or Lake Yallourn as the locals have dubbed it.

We live on the side of a hill and walking to the veg garden, the compost heap or the back fence was like trekking through a swamp, feet sliding & sinking into grass covered wet mud.  It was amazing, after so long a drought, to each day see how the ground moved, holes appearing where there had been small hillocks and small hillocks replacing dips & holes in the lawn. 

Lawn?  What lawn?  It was impossible to mow, too wet, too muddy, the mower sinking into the boggy ground, hardly a day without more downpours. Once Spring arrived (if spring is what you can call it, a couple of days with 40C temps followed by more weeks of wintry gales) the grass took off, growing more than four feet in places.  It just about hid the compost, nor once cut was the grass any good as compost because it all went to seed.

Yet the leeks flourished.  Growing tall and strong.  Some we used in soups but most of the 40 plants are still out there, now sending up flower stems.  These will look so pretty when the flowers bloom.

It was a hard winter for me as well.

I’ve never been much of a cold weather person. Since getting Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Fibromyalgia cold weather is sheer torture. And this past winter was one of my worst.

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more later.  i need to rest.