Not if you’ve just spent ages watering the garden with a good deep soak after days of no rain!
I haven’t done much in the garden lately. One of the consequences of finding the festive spirit. So today I was determined to make the day about the garden and I was a little bit worried about what I would find. But thanks to my handy dandy weeding and watering rotation system – although I have only managed one cycle, it was enough to hold the garden in a state of respectability.
Today was one of those hot muggy days with high cloud. One of those days when it is hot from the moment you get out of bed, and it was sticky. It is still very much a novelty to feel the summer heat. No one is complaining about it yet, they are all saying how lovely it is. But instinct told me that I should disregard my wee system and focus on watering. Things were starting to look a little peaky.
I am so grateful for my irrigation system, although I wish I had more than one tap! I spent the entire day setting the timer on my phone and turning the hose on. My day was broken up into 22 fifteen minute intervals. I think I need to change my ringtone because I am so sick of that tune. But each bed got a good descent drink and in some cases I even feed them – lucky tomatoes and peppers!
Meanwhile, I got on with all sorts of other tasks – some dreadfully overdue, like removing the spring planter buckets from the front door as Hubby the Un-Gardener was always moaning that all the dead foliage looked really ugly, and I guess he had a point – I just never really got round to moving them. Others were just necessary – like cleaning out the chicken coop.
Those girls are so funny. I chose to do this job first and it must have been egg laying time. I must have messed with their routine, because I took the nesting boxes away to scrub them clean and they squawked about the coop with their legs crossed, complaining bitterly. I put the first box back in and then came back with the next one to find three chickens in the one box, sitting on top of each other!
Later in the day a large tractor showed up to bale the grass we had cut a few days earlier. We decided to make silage, rather than bales of hay as the silage is all wrapped up and can be stored outside, but hay would require us to tidy out the shed to make room for it, and at this time of year, there is too much other stuff to do. This is where you can tell we aren’t real farmers, because real farmers wouldn’t decide what to do with their grass based on a reluctance to tidy a shed.
Then it happened… a lovely hot sticky day spent watering my entire garden for over FIVE hours and then – the heavens open and rain pours out. Not a dribbly insignificant splatter, but a full on down pour. The kind the quenches a parched earth. The thing is – I didn’t have a parched earth, it was already quenched! My first thoughts were “seriously?! – you’ve got to be kidding me!”
I was going to make elderflower champagne and elderflower cordial for Christmas, but you are supposed to pick the flowers when they are dry so that stopped those plans. But I was still able to harvest a load of peas, strawberries, asparagus and broccoli – Oh and my first couple of Zukes – and so the harvest truly begins.
To make up for the lack of elderflower goodness, I decided to make the Christmas cake – I know it’s late, but I have a fabulous last minute recipe. I was foiled by the cake too! I read my lovely recipe and it says to soak the fruit in sherry for THREE DAYS! I want to make my cake now! Although it’s probably a good thing… I think I’ve done enough for one day!
Come again soon – I still have to tackle a few weeds before they become a jungle.
Sarah the Gardener : o )