Sunday, November 1, 2009

Plot Update

After another few weeks on the road I was expecting to return to an overgrown jungle rising up through the ruins of long dead vegetables. The wife, in command of the plot for this period (who, mind you, self-confesses to killing almost every plant she's ever had charge over) did a very good job of keeping everything alive. It was a very pleasent suprise to see everything steaming on through spring.

This being the first weekend since I've been home, I gratefully lost a few hours putting thing in order on a beautiful November day. Damn, its good to be home.

And I have a few photos to share.

 The corn, beans and snow peas are rocketing along. They've all put on more than a foot of height while I was elsewhere. And take a glace at the left of this picture. You might almost be convinced that I'd laid turf over the quagmire. But no! I've instead I've taken the economical route and let the Kikuyu do what it does best: survive. Its hard to deny it that when its been covered by a foot of  pathetically poor soil for months on end, and still has enough punch to come through like that.

 The Plum trees have also put on almost a foot. The pak-choi has bolted; but I'm not too worried, I think I'll dig it in to the soil. Lettuces and silverbeet are already coming in handy.

My original boarder of lettuce is huge now - they're growing like weeds. I'm pulling full butter lettuces out as we need them.

This is what $6 worth of seed potato does for you. The bed is full of green; a complete contrast to my previous, yet gracious failures with spuds. Before today I've given these no attention at all (the way I like it). With a spare half hour, I piled another 10cm of soil on top of them, and a good 20cm covering of sugar cane. Theory is that'll start more potatoes goin' further up the stem. But as you will observe, I still hardly came close to covering them completely:

Finally, amongst huge growth citrus growth spurts, my flagship pumpkin and zucchini plants are almost flowering. And, as you can see, the chickens are still clucking.

1 comment:

  1. that spud crop looks good Greg. Glad to hear Lyndall didn't kill anything, I'm sure she did her best...!