For the first time in what seems like months, we actually had a weekend where the weather was conducive to being outdoors. Lately it has either been 35C or raining or both so gardening has not really been on the agenda. We were delighted to see a forecast of mostly sunny days with a maximum temperature of 27C.
Yesterday, we decided to firm up our vague plans for a freestanding walkway/pergola to define the entrance to our garden. The idea is to have it covered with a flowering creeper. We have had a general idea of what we wanted but now have calculated the materials and so then it was off to Bunnings to buy the 6 large posts for the uprights. These are now positioned on sawhorses under the house where GMan has begun painting them.
We have marked out the exact location of the posts as you can see in the photo below.
We are hoping to get the construction started over the Easter break when we have a couple of extra days off.
There will be more updates once there is more progress.
The perfect weather deserted us overnight and we awoke this morning to drizzling rain and cloud drifting past the windows. However, we did not let that stop us and we braved the overgrown and out-of-control vegetable gardens. Everything was covered with the wild cherry tomatoes. I had resolved to pick all the fruit which was ripe and not damaged before removing the plants. It was a massive job but we successfully cleared the garden beds and planted a variety of seeds. There are now beans, radishes, spinach, beetroot, lettuce, kale and cucumbers planted.
Hopefully, these freshly dug and planted beds will soon yield a range of produce.
I don’t have a before photo but suffice to say that this is a vast improvement on how it looked this morning.
It may be a little difficult to see but there is an addition to the area. We constructed a new compost area in front of the hen house using some panels of pool fencing and some star pickets. This allowed us to put all of the cherry tomato plants in a single heap. I also cut the asparagus back and added that to the pile.
The forecast warm weather with showers every day fort he next week should give the newly sown seeds the best possible start so I am feeling quite optimistic.