A Spot of Rain

Gardener:Northland Backyard Gardener

Date:08 Nov 2022

Blog Type:Vegetables

While the photos don't quite show the same angles, this somewhat reflects the deluge that we are experiencing (once again) up north. We have a very slight slope which means it does drain relatively quickly, but it also means we can get water sometimes from other properties during the deluge. Unfortunately, today was one of those days. This is also the issue the drainlayer is looking at sorting. In the meantime, it has gone straight through my grapevines. The backyard by Connor's garden looks even worse. Aside from the clay shelves underground, this is primarily the reason we have raised beds. Northland and its floods. 

The grapevine is only slightly visible in the first picture. We have our two new green grapes growing down this fenceline (our red one is surrounding one side of the BBQ area). These grapes are grown from cuttings, kindly given to me while we were camping two Christmas' ago by a lovely lady that we got to know really well. She is now in her 80s, and is finding it harder to camp, but does visit her children and grandchildren who camp beside us. We were absolutely stoked to have success with the cuttings and they will always be special to us. And even though it hasn't quite been two years, we have started to see little bunches of grapes already forming (unfortunately I am not the only one who has noticed them, and I suspect there may be a race to pick them).

The weather has definitely put a wee bit of a stop to any plans I had to potter around the garden. I did get out there yesterday morning for half an hour though, before the rain came in, and topped up the potato bags, and started sorting the other grow bags ready for filling in the weekend. Looking at the forecast for the next few days, I doubt we will get much of a chance to do anything before then - especially with another 100mls due to fall between Thursday and Friday.

A Spot of Rain