What a great time of the year, and certainly my favourite. Some of the fruit trees are sporting masses of blossom from white to pinks, and leaves are growing quickly.
But best of all, I get to plant lots of veggies by seed.
Today was a marathon. I sewed the following vegetables in punnets;
Pumpkins: Australian Butter, Queensland Blue, Butternut, Pennsylvania Crookneck, African Horned Melon, and a few mixed heirloom (not sure what they were, so a bit of a surprise).
Cucumbers: Lebanese, Spacemaster, Bush Champion, Sweet & Striped, Zucchini Black Beauty.
Tomatoes: Roma, Tigerella, Mortgage Lifter, Elfie, Yellow Current, Thai Pink Egg, Black Russian.
Capsicum: Yellow long, California Wonder, Sweet Chocolate,
Eggplant (Aubergine): Listada de Gandia
Rainbow Chard, Chilli (birdseye), Basil, Giant Sunflowers, Lazy Housewife Beans, and Celery.
I now have four large trays of planted seedlings. Hopefully all will sprout. All I have to do is wait for the soil in the garden beds to heat up, as well as the current crops reaching harvest!
This morning, Kim and I potted up the two cocktail pear trees that we dug out of the ground.
We used a good quality potting mix and added in a bit of homemade compost to give them a boost. The buds are just begining to swell, so we got them in the pots in time. We are hoping for lots of growth this year now that these trees are free from the heavy clay soil.
I also hung a strawberry pot of sorts. Kim calls it her Madonna booby!
She saw these cone hanging baskets on some telly show and fell in love with it, so being the dutiful hubby, I fixed the bracket to the wall. It took me a good 30 minutes for something that should have taken 10. I snapped off two crappy masonry drill bits whilst drilling holes for dynabolts to fasten the bracket in place. Both broken bits were stuck in the holes, so I had to start all over again 10mm away from the original hole.
Anyway, Kim wanted flowers, however she compromised as I said I wanted strawberries, which also have flowers but are more productive. She thought it was a great idea.
Also on the dutiful husband side of planting, I potted up three Princess Lavender for her in this nice terracotta pot. They smell wonderful as you brush past them. Kim is getting more confident with looking after plants, and has a growing collection of lavender and succulents in pots just outside her office door.
To cap all this off, I staked up the Broad Bean bed. Due to strong northerly winds, many of the bean stalks had fallen over, so with some large stakes and lots of twine, I remedied the issue.
At least I can walk past the bed now, and get easy access to the greenhouse, which is a must at this time of year.
I am looking forward to getting back into the garden again tomorrow. It is so addictive, and a lot healthier than any other narcotic I can think of!
How about you? Have you spent much time prepping for Spring?