Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Help me! I am melting.
The family and I saw out the last days of winter while on holiday at Falls Creek, Victoria. This snow playground was a fun and enjoyable way to say farewell to winter, ending it on a high note. Unfortunatelly I brought the cold back with me and on the return journey came down with one. I am feeling well now and I am getting back on the ball.
This seems to be a common pattern for me at the beginning of spring. I always have excuses getting in the way of what I consider a gardeners most important time of the year. I often don’t get seedlings start earlier enough and end up having to buy them. The end of summer here in Adelaide can be quite brutal for the garden, hot and dry. Thus I am thinking if I can get the summer garden started earlier enough I might get a good run out of it before the real heat hits.
As we are already a number of weeks into some great weather I was starting to feel behind and a touch frustrated. So I called upon my gardening group for help. Within no time at all we had the newly built seedling table loaded with seedlings. Thanks gardening group. I am sure I have said this before, but if you don’t already belong to a gardening group I highly recommend starting or joining one.
Still need a few more. I will need to get some tomato and lettuce seeds. Here is what we have got on the seedling table:
6 Spring onion
7 Bean runner
4 Bean climbing
6 Bean bush
2 Egg plant
The potting soil we used I made myself by mixing soil from under the compost heaps with sand. I believe the sand you are meant to use is river sand. I only had beach sand on hand so I hope that wasn’t a mistake.
Meanwhile with little effort on our part the chickens have been doing a fantastic job driving the tractor around preparing the beds. Only a few weeks prior this bed was filled with knee high grass. The only thing the family and I have to weed is the path.
I am now feeling ready and very excited about spring, are you?