I almost thought it was Spring yesterday as the sun taunted us with hints of warmer weather. It appeared a perfect opportunity to get dirt under my nails devouring odd chores in my garden. I'm always a little eager and edgy this time of year, not because I really love hot weather, in fact summer can drive me absolutely raving mad. It's more excitement I have on behalf of my plants, whom apparently love the sun...photosynthesis and all that. The 'off season' that is nearing it's reign is slow and unproductive, with only a few plants capable of providing any hint of a winter crop. Spring on the other hand, well that gets any keen gardner in a frizzle. All weekend I noticed the bees had returned buzzing around all excited, full of energy from their winter slumber. The odd blowy, the mascot of the Australian summer snuck into our house (albeit uninvited and eventually dispatched of further living duties). These little signs although subtle get my blood pumping thick with chlorophyll. Although premature, I have insisted on planting my tomato seedlings, of which this year the entire Little Jindi crop will consist of heirloom varieties from Diggers Club. Hopefully they are good producers and tasty to boot. The best thing about these varieties is that I can harvest the seeds for the following season to raise in pots in the mini hot house. Over winter I've nurtured and and divided a dozen Strawberry plants, that now reside in pots all over the place. The 'Strawwb's' are favorite for the kids. There easy to grow and the kids love picking the fruit for an instant hit of sweetness. Although this favoritism is debatable. Last summer Tia had a constant 'display' of Cherry Tomato seeds on her tee-shirt from regular sessions of outdoor harvesting/immediate feasting.
My broad beans are over a meter high in flower and will bare fruit in the next few months. I've also extended the size of my veggie patch and removed some native ornamentals. I've made use of bare external weather-board walls by hanging a mini herb colony in $3.50 metal baskets from Bunnings with planter mesh. At that price you can't go wrong! Think of the logic. If you buy fresh herbs ready to use in cooking from the supermarket a bunch is normally $3.00, and the herbs are a one off use. Planting them at the back door near the kitchen will give me fresh herbs on demand. There are a few other Little Jindi projects on the go, namely a first aid tin chest and a planter garden in the drive made from a discarded freight pallet.
But as excited as I get, the only people that share my excitement are baby boomers. Apart from the odd few, people my age just don't seem to get it. Amazing in this day of reducing ones carbon/ecological foot print/underarm arm stench etc. It's almost like people fill their spare time busying themselves with less productive activities. Like blogging.
These planter cages are $3.50 and will provided immediate access to fresh herbs for cooking, just at the back door.
Way too early to plant tomato seedlings...I know...I got excited.
A drinks cooler that I've converted into my 'Spud Bucket'
The extent of my ornamental efforts. These succulents have just made it through the harsh winter, and surprisingly not looking too worse for ware!
This $5 gem from the Old Wares shop in Creswick will be our First Aid Kit to be hung in the laundry.