It feels like January has whizzed by, but at the same time the holidays feel like forever ago. The weather has thrown everything at us – it has been really hot and a bit cold. We’ve had over 100km/h winds a couple of times but also many calm still days. There have been the nicest blue sky days and some torrential rains. Conveniently the rains were spaced far enough apart that I’ve barely used my irrigation system, which was great as the tanks got precariously low at one point.
The latest burst of wind has made the garden look more tired than it should at this time of year, so I’ll be giving everything a seaweed tonic and a good liquid feed to help it cope for the rest of the season. I’m also sowing some late season seeds for a final burst of summer love and setting myself up for the cool season.
I’m looking forward to things cooling down a little so I can work in the garden without having to worry about it getting too hot.
The harvest is coming in thick and fast and I’m attempting to make the harvest the hero of our meals when I can, but there are only so many cucumbers you can manage – we are pickled out! As well as processing the harvest, it is time to start thinking about cool season crops and filling the gaps left by the summer crops that are sadly coming to an end.
It is so lovely to see how your gardens are doing and what you are doing with the harvest. It is such an inspiration. And as always – if you want to get in touch leave a comment below.
Sarah the Gardener : o)