I really like the winter season up here actually. As you can detect from the passage above, our cold temperate climate here in South East Australia is fickle.So is the frost. We never quite know when or how much we will get. In the decade I have been here I have counted from 6 to 25 frosts per year.
One particular favourite place for me this time of year it at our little bowls club, hidden down the side of a hill. A thoughtful gardener (or gardeners) has planted the boundary of the green with a blaze of colourful dahlia's.
Whatever it is, the summer vegetables have been struggling and the pests have been thriving. If “one must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter,” as Henry David Thoreau puts it, then we might be out of luck (...)
The garden has never looked more beautiful to me, as extra attention has been spent lately on looks as well as its usefulness as an edible oasis. Tomatoes were sown in the windowsill in mid July, never so early! The same can be said of the zucchini and basil, which are thriving in the humid wet greenhouse. (...)
In recent weeks we have enjoyed warm rosy sunsets, the whales have returned to our shores, and we have freshly accepted the frosty slap of icy air that greets us each morning. The golden hues of Autumn transformed into the pink glow of winter and we accepted that it was that time of year, the days were getting shorter (...)
When we made it into the greenhouse (ah) to get going on the winter vegetables, we decided to plant foods that would help us stay at home longer and enable us to distance ourselves, while remaining healthy, choosing many “cut and come again” staples that compliment many a meal.
It’s the greenest summer I have ever seen up here on the hill, and it has us all a bit thrown. On the whole, its actually been very cool, the temperate nature of our climate usually has us desperate for rain. This year we have been gifted so much extra. It's easy to forget (...)
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The Borage is blooming readily by now, the sweet peas start to climb up them and reach for the trellis in the middle. I’m calling this my “sweet pea circus” as it accidentally has been shaped like a tent. It will invite the bees to a new spot in my garden, hopefully they will pay attention to the two new raised beds sitting beside it. (...)
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