With the temperature soaring today it was imperative we protect the garden as much as possible.
Jamie had given everything a good mulch a couple of days ago in preparation and we planned to put up our old sheets as covers first thing this morning. But like all good plans of mice and men ours went astray. Jamie’s back went on him so it was up to me to construct tent city. After I gave everything a good soak I spent a good hour building the shelters using stakes, sheets, shade cloth off-cuts, pegs and twisty ties, there is even an old apron in there.
I learnt from last year’s efforts and provided more side covering this time. It seems to have helped as there was no need for an afternoon water, though I will need to soak again this evening.
Much to our surprise the Patch, which gets more full sun than our backyard, did not need shelters last year. We think it was due to the amazing coverage given by the pumpkin and watermelon leaves. This year we expect it to be the same.
This year we also have the very tall corn and the zucchini monster to add extra shade.
The heirloom Golden Bantam corn now has cobs but with red silk! Apparently that is not unusual though I can’t say we have ever seen it before.
We were thrilled to find three good size watermelons there this week. One is bigger than a football so we are not sure how we missed it!
Our newest plot does not get as much sun so will hopefully be okay. Everything was planted a little later as part of our succession planning so we should begin to harvest there soon. The Amish tomato is giving us at least one glorious tomato a day.
Before the tents went up the home garden was doing reasonably well for this time of year. We have some more lettuce almost ready for eating.
Some gorgeous little heirloom capsicums.
And the last of the squash.
The Aloe Vera we rescued from our daughter’s rented property earlier in the year has had dozens of pups! We plan on sharing them at the next swap meet.
Our New Year’s resolution is to begin weighing everything we harvest as a way to show people exactly how much money can be saved by growing your own produce, as well as to show ourselves exactly how sustainable we actually are. It was something Costa Georgiadis suggested when we heard him speak at the Transitions Film Festival in November. I also plan on joining Daphne’s Harvest Monday blog hop as a way of helping me to keep on track.