This weekend was jam packed with lovely weather and family time; I spent most of it in my mum’s garden with her, Pete and Olivia, pruning frangipanis and draecaenas, and re-potting bromeliads and aloe. For my efforts I’ve got a stack of tiny baby plants and a large bromeliad for the entry to my house, which I’m hoping my cats won’t eat (Charlie tries to eat everything, even capsicum and tomato!)
My zucchini are really starting to take off; because I planted them so late, I’ll have some coming along in the next couple of days (the start of Autumn!).
Volunteer greens – when the old plants went to seed I left them to their own devices and let the bees have some flowers to collect their pollen from.
My eggplant and capsicum bed – wildly overgrown and abundant. I’ve read that it’s best for gardeners in our hot and extremely sunny summer conditions to plant more closely together to ensure the plants have adequate shade, and from the way this garden bed has gone I think I’ll continue to do it (but I’ll keep everything other than basil away from my tomatoes).
This is a wicking bed full of chilli and capsicum plants (jalapeno, cayenne, long yellow capsicum). They were also planted late (January, from memory) so they’re starting to take off now. Because of our relatively mild winters, I’m going to try overwintering these and the eggplant and capsicum – and I’m going to use this information and a gardening log to remind myself when I’ve done things!
The weekend’s haul, mostly picked first thing on Saturday before we went down to the markets. We now have a broody Majorca chicken, Missy, to match our broody Muscovy duck, Panda – we haven’t hit an egg shortage just yet because they’ve been pretty prolific for the last few months, but we’ll need to get some new girls to replace the ladies we lost to the summer heat and bizarre chicken obsession with parking in nesting boxes.
I hope your weekend was as fun as mine!