in the garden

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It is now March, and the garden is still persevering... Hurray!

It has been scorching hot and we've had barely a smatter of rain. We do our very best with hand-watering ALL the plants and trees as the cool of evening rolls around... it is tiring, but we are rewarded with plump tomatoes, herbs, squash, zucchini, potatoes, eggplant, lettuce and yes, even the odd sweet watermelon. Summer produce is so very wonderful.

I had a first attempt at planting out the winter vegetables - cabbages, broccoli and kale but all were swiftly eaten to the stump by grasshoppers (yep, still around), then what remained was scorched by the sun on these 35'c days. I have however, sown direct carrots and beetroots and peas with some success, and have more cuciferous seeds raising indoors for later sowing...

It's a mystery, this garden growing business - last year basil and parsley and pumpkins did famously well, this year we've had barely of any. But the chillies and tomatoes are coming in each day, and for that we are thankful!

There's always jobs to do - more seeds to raise and plant direct, weeds to pull, grass to mow down, mulch to go out on everything; chicken-poo + sawdust from the brooders, compost, sugar cane and straw, excluding + resting parts of the polytunnel that housed (unsuccessful) corn and cucumbers, prolific spaghetti squash and potatoes, beds to build up for the next season...

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So here's to the cool of Autumn, that she might come soon and bring a steady patter of rain... p.s. yes, the polytunnel bathtub has been upgraded to a cast-iron claw foot and also doubles as a wonderful play pen for baby while mama potters!

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