These last few weeks, I’ve been playing in the garden as much as I’ve been able to between foul weather and kidlets with ear infections (Yes, again. Apparently dodgy ears run in Alex’s family. Now they tell me!).
It’s lovely watching the garden wake up to Spring. We’ve had some small success with the veggie patch (and the snails have had some great meals too, boo). Two out of three of our cucumber plants are all gone and the basil’s taken a hit too.
Our rocket is going great guns and we’ve been eating it at dinner time. Oh so satisfying, even though Elena’s not a fan. I’ve planted some baby spinach in the hope that it will be equally happy. I’ve also got some lettuce seeds to propagate.
We have strawberries on the way too.
I wasn’t sure whether it was a fruiting variety or whether it was simply ornamental, but it does look like we might be lucky enough to get some fruit from it. My plan is for the grape vine to re-grow over a chicken run – which I hope might eventuate after Christmas this year. I don’t generally do lists for birthdays and Christmases, but if I do one this year it will probably include a hen house and some hens. I think the kids will love tending chickens. I know I will. I’m really looking forward to a plentiful supply of eggs.
My little dwarf nectarine tree has finally decided to give me some fruit. It really didn’t enjoy its time on our balcony when we lived in the apartment. It does have leaf curl though. I’m madly pinching off the affected leaves and will have to remember to treat it next autumn/winter.
There was a rhubarb plant growing down near our clothes line when we bought the house and it has survived all the neglect of our tenant. I’ve taken its survival as a sign that it’s a good spot for rhubarb and have planted two more crowns. I hope they survive – I love rhubarb!
I’ve cleared the Vinca from a few garden beds and have started on a great forest of the stuff which runs along our perimeter fence. I get the feeling this project of mine is going to take years. Years, I tell you.
I’ve decided to start on a section by the fence because I plan to plant some blueberry and raspberry plants there. This is a good time of year to get them into the ground, even though I’ll have to show a heck of a lot of self control and pinch off any fruit that grows this year to ensure the plants put all of their energy into growing into strong happy plants.
Every now and again, when I’m elbow deep in Vinca, or trying to decide how to solve a problem caused by someone else’s poor decisions years ago, I curse our decision to buy a house with a run down established garden. It would be so much easier to start with a blank slate. But then I look around at all the promise of the garden and the fruiting trees and realise that we’re actually very lucky. A bit of work for the next few years will bring it all good and we’re lucky enough to get fruit right from the very start!
I hope you all have a pleasant weekend planned. We’re taking it easy, and I’m off to my first Knitters’ Guild meeting. I’m so excited I can hardly wait (remember – it takes all types!).