Monday, August 21, 2017

I'm getting sick of winter - but I do have a new fence

I am really getting sick of winter, just as I do every year at this time. I can't start sowing seed in trays for another couple of weeks and it is still six weeks away till I can start planting outside. It is hard to stay patient.

It is far too wet to do anything outside so I just have to go out occasionally and look at the boggy, waterlogged ground and hope that the few things I do have in the ground don't rot before the soil dries up a bit.

Just another few weeks, I keep telling myself.







On the plus side, I do have a brand new fence on one side of the property. That will stop the sheep getting through, and they put rabbit netting on so that will fix the rabbit problem, on that side anyway.

Now I just have to find enough money to do the other sides, and then hope the owner doesn't want to sell the place in the future before I am able to buy it, in which case I will have wasted the money.



My bed of 'Island Gem' lettuces are doing well and starting to head. They have been a bit slow because of the cold and wet but they still look good. I love this mix of mini heading lettuces, they look great with their colours, spots and stripes, and they are never bitter.

I do have a small bed of 'Camo Oakheart' lettuces in also but even though they look fantastic they just go bitter all the time, and I hate bitter lettuces.


I think I have posted about these before but they are quite ornamental. These are 'Singara' rat-tail radishes. The pods are much longer than the 'normal' rat-tails you can buy here, and they seem to be tenderer and better flavoured. They are definitely not as harsh.
Pity I just haven't been able to take good pictures that show the pods off well.























Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Winter update

Well, there still isn't much happening for now, and it is still a month before it is time to even start trays of seedlings, so I don't have much to write about.


Today was sunny so I got out and started weeding this bed of mini lettuce. There is only a few beds with anything in them so weeding is not such a big job right now. I am sure the weeds are waiting for a bit of warmth to start growing like triffids.

The only other crops I have in are the overwintering potatoes I grew from seed last season, some beets and the perennials like rhubarb and asparagus.

I am planning to put so much in this spring though and it will be amazing.
Since the ground isn't too boggy right now I put in some 10ft posts so I can put bird netting over the sorghum. Next year I will put up shadecloth and plant oca under them.

Eventually I will have a few of these shadehouses which will take the place of the removable row covers. It will be much more enjoyable to be able to walk and work under the shadecloth more easily.
Another plus is that they will cut a lot of the wind.
The neighbours and I pulled down the boundry fence because the posts were rotting off so I saved some of the good pieces of old rabbit netting and dug it in on the fence at the front of the property where a lot of the rabbits are getting in.

It will be good to eventually get the whole property rabbit proof but at least this is a start, and the neighbour has agreed to go halves in putting rabbit netting on the shared fence too so that will save me a little, even though it puts the price of the whole fence up.
I just have to hope that nothing happens to make the owner sell the property before I have a hope of buying it as it will be annoying to spend all the money on the place and have it wasted.