After the heat comes floods…

So the garden survived the heatwaves relatively unscathed, but then came Valentine’s Day and we went from one extreme to another.

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The temperature dropped to 21 and the rains poured down. Apparently Adelaide had more than 75.2mm of rain in 24 hours! Now, I don’t like to complain about rain so I am grateful the rainwater tanks are full and the ground got a good soaking (read flooding). However, I am sad to report that the vegetables rebelled. At the home garden the tomatoes couldn’t cope and they split.

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The squash and zucchini gave up altogether and died, as did the last of the grapes. Luckily, the capsicum and eggplants coped just fine.

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In fact the eggplants graced the table this evening thanks to Jane Kennedy’s fine recipe for low-fat Moussaka. I substituted lentils for the lamb mince in the Vegetarian child’s serve.

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This was accompanied with spiced roasted pumpkin using the second of this year’s Buttercup pumpkin crop.

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Meanwhile, the Patch coped just fine with the rain. The watermelons continue to thrive; the largest is about 65 cms long. It sounds hollow, but we are waiting till the vine starts to wither before we pick it.

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The zucchinis have a little powdery mildew, but nothing to be concerned about. Picked a couple more today.

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The new pets are settling in and enjoying the garden too. Well, Deuteronomy just gets to look at it through his glass house.

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However, Rory our new puppy gets to explore the garden every day. He is seriously the cutest little creature ever!

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It took a few weeks before Tilly accepted him, but now they are the best of friends.

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About A Kailyard in Adelaide

A Kailyard in Adelaide! We are working hard to be domestically sustainable in the foothills of Adelaide. As we both work fulltime this is not an easy task, but we do our best growing much of our own produce in our yard and in our community garden plots. We reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible and try hard to not consume mindlessly. We have 5000 l of rainwater, a 5 kw solar system, and use a green energy provider for all our excess needs. Rachel: Mother, partner, teacher, writer, reader, crafter, cook, gardener, artist. Jamie: Father, partner, lecturer, therapist, would-be-politician, gardener, photographer, music lover.
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2 Responses to After the heat comes floods…

  1. Erin says:

    Hi guys, some of my tomatoes split as well but it was so lovely not to have to water for a whole week and really given everything Adelaide weather has thrown at us I am amazed there is anything worth harvesting! Your buttercup pumpkin looks pretty impressive as do the eggplants.

    • Rachel and Jamie says:

      Hi Erin, it was lovely not to water and I am so thankful the watertanks are full again. Putting seeds in next week to start again 🙂

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