And goodness me, hasn't it been a chilly winter around these parts? (Of course I mean chilly by our standards, which means jumpers and a fire going all winter... not chilly as in snowed under for months kind of chilly, which I know some of you guys deal with!) I guess that's linked to the dry as well. Not to sound like an impatient child or anything, but Come On Rain!
The garden's been chugging along, despite needing watering. It's producing a huge amount of food at the moment. We've been harvesting basketfuls of broccoli, cauliflowers, womboks, kale and leafy salad greens. We're still eating carrots and spinach/silverbeet as well. Combined with the pumpkin harvest and citrus orchard, well it's rich pickings at the moment! The cabbages are getting lovely heads on them, so we'll be picking those soon. I'm super keen to get some sauerkraut on the go in my big pot! I'm dying to know if it'll work!
Most of the strawberries have been tidied up a bit- there's just one bed of those left to go before I'll call them done. The hanging baskets have been re-hung, full of new runners. Hopefully all that love and a good dose of chook manure will mean plenty of strawberries to come this spring.
My garlic has been attacked by black aphids. (Sad faces all around here). I'm trying to get on top of them with some eco-oil, but the damage might have already been done. I'm not too sure what my garlic harvest is going to look like this year. Probably not as great as last year I'm guessing. Hopefully my Dad's garlic crop will do better than mine and I can trade him for some!
I've plans for planting a huge garlic crop down in our bottom paddock next year. I see quite a few farmers growing commercial crops of it around here so I think it might do well down there. Just got to get my act together in time to get it in the ground!
The days are warming up which means things are starting to grow that bit faster and I can almost think about spring crops (corn, beans, potatoes, zucchinis). It's lovely out in the garden at this time of year. Plenty to eat, and not too hot. I'm quite happy to linger here for just a while longer. The heat will come soon enough.
How are things looking in your garden at the moment? Are you battling some pests as well?