It feels as though Spring arrived a little before scheduled this year, and I’m pretty happy about it. Winter has been fun; anticipating snow and experiencing it twice. I’ve loved snuggling up by the fireplaces, all of it.
One frustrating thing though, is not being able to acheive as much with my gardening and composting. I resigned myself to the idea of taking something of a 3-month break from it this year. I dabbled in some seedlings and such, with mixed results. Now that it’s warming up so much around here though, I’m so happy to be working outside a lot more again.
I’m also enjoying the return of galahs, whom I haven’t seen as much over Winter.
It’s always so exciting watching Spring colour up the landscape so beautifully! I’m still not sure what type of blossom tree this is, but having now lived here a year, I know it doesn’t fruit. My guess would be plum blossom (but I acknowledge I have a terrible track record with guessing these things).
Whatever these blossoms are, they smell like the most ridiculously sweet lollies. I’ve been enjoying cutting some for vases/glass bottles around the house, and some for friends.
We have some on a dresser in the hallway, and everytime we walk past it to use the bathroom, the candy scent wafts up to our noses, and it smells just as nice when we leave the room. I wish we had a ledge of some sort to put a vase of these blossoms in there! It’d make an amazing bathroom air freshener, don’t you think? Not to mention pretty.
I’ve started making some worm stations in the spots I plan to plant fruit trees. I just recycled some chocolate wafer containers, and they’ve been perfect for the job. When it’s time to put the trees in, I’ll pull these stations out. I think the worms are enjoying it, and I’ll enjoy them aerating the soil and breaking down organic matter in preparation.
In my dirt tank (which is becoming more and more of a leaf tank all the time), I’ve buried a home-made, inground, outdoor bokashi bin. I got this great idea from Bokashi World, a blog I’m addicted to. The great thing about doing bokashi outside is there’s no need to drain off the juices; they run directly into the ground to immediately benefit your soil. I mix a lot of dried leaves into the waste, and it seems to be working well. I’m considering using the worm stations in the same way, I think the new fruit trees would love the extra nutrients.
Over Winter, I did try growing a few seedlings, but until we got this greenhouse, I had very little success.
After so much time fart-arsing around with compost, I was excited to have some exceptionally fertile soil to plant these seedlings in, and look how well they’ve come along!
In the back row, I have Telephone Peas, second row, iceberg lettuce, third, kale (which is dying) and creamgold onions at the front. Kale prefers Winter, and was doing well then, all enclosed in the greenhouse. I made the mistake in early Spring, of not leaving the greenhouse flap open during the day, and unfortunately, they got cooked! I’ve since learned my lesson, and am hoping it’s not too late to save them.
I’d love to hear about what you’re all growing this time of year.