We are still waiting for a little bit of rain…

As much as these clouds look like they'd be the ones to break the drought ... they sailed by without out so much as a drop of water.
As much as these clouds look like they’d be the ones to break the drought … they sailed by without so much as a drop of water.

The problem with a drought is it sucks not only all the moisture from the air, but it somehow sucks all your energy too.  It’s hot outside, it’s only around 25°C but it feels like a million, and after weeks and weeks of dry hot weather it kinda beats you down…  I just need to have a wee lie down and dream of rain.  The entire North Island has been declared a drought zone – that’s half the country!  And the other half isn’t fairing too well either.  Everyone is pinning their hopes on a lovely tropical cyclone this weekend called Sandra.  I hope she’s good to us.

Despite being in the middle of a drought, in my abandoned greenhouse, growing through the cracks in the paving stones, into a sand base, with no irrigation - this petunia is thriving.  Why do things I try to grow in the greenhouse under normal conditions require so much attention?
Despite being in the middle of a drought, in my abandoned greenhouse, growing through the cracks in the paving stones, into a sand base, with no irrigation – this petunia is thriving. Why do things I try to grow in the greenhouse under normal conditions require so much attention?

But rain or no rain, the garden marches on and calls to me to do things to it.  I have to say it – we are blessed to have swamp soil.  The very soil I will be cursing in a few months for allowing itself to flood, but today it is good.  It is holding on to every last drop of water and while my garden may look a little thirsty, it’s definitely not crispy.  Yesterday I picked a load of tomatoes, but I think it will be the last serious harvest of the season as the plants are beginning to give up.  It is such a good feeling to have got the tomatoes through the summer to have them die of old age and not some nasty disease!

My baby bear pumpkins are so cute - I could just eat them up!
My baby bear pumpkins are so cute – I could just eat them up!

There seems to always be things to harvest in the garden, it’s just finding the time to eat it all.  I have made some tomato relish and put a load more in the freezer, and  I’ve made some searingly hot chilli sauce from the chillies I picked the other day and it is really nice, if not a little hot.  I was on a roll, I saw some grapes and a quince in the fridge that were in danger of entering the “gone too far” zone, so I cooked them up and made a jelly.  I have to say that grape and quince are a winning combination.  As I stood back to admire my jars all lined up – the fruit bowl caught my eye.  There were mandarins, lemons, apples, a pear and a peach that were also perilously close to the “gone too far” zone, so I shoved them through my juicer and made 2 and a half jars of what l like to call “juice of the fruit bowl” jam.  So yummy with a lovely citrus tang.

I've caught summer in a jar!
I’ve caught summer in a jar!

In the midst of all my domestic bliss-ness I had to arrange a pedicure.  It sounds lovely and all relaxing and just what a hard working gardener needs.  But alas, it wasn’t for me.  Sweetie the goat has gone all girly and has had her feet done.  Apparently she needs it again in six weeks.  Seriously – I’m the only proper girl around here – it should have been me!

Just look at my feet - aren't they pretty!
Just look at my feet – aren’t they pretty!

Come again soon – I think I need to begin the sad task of beginning remove the traces of summer from my garden.

Sarah the Gardener  : o )

For those of you looking for the luck of the Irish on St Patrick's Day, this Sunday....  I know where the pot of gold is - it's in my garden!
For those of you looking for the luck of the Irish on St Patrick’s Day, this Sunday…. I know where the pot of gold is – it’s in my garden!

22 thoughts on “We are still waiting for a little bit of rain…

  1. [Sigh] This time last year WE were on the point of being declared a drought area due to the lack of rain and the abundance of unseasonable sun and on 4th April use of hose pipes etc was banned (and the rain came and never went away – literally on the day the hosepipe ban came into force).

    THIS year we have had rain/snow/high winds and very hard frosts in equal measure SINCE April 4th 2013 (or so it seems) and are now as heartily sick of our weather as you are of yours!

    How’s about we send you some snow and rain and you send us some lovely, hot sunshine 🙂

    1. Hi there. I remember your dry start last year followed by your washout. Its such contrast and next to impossible to garden in.
      With us both… the weather can’t stay like it is forever, your spring and my rain will be here soon.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

  2. Lovely post Sarah! You have been very busy, especially given the heat! Your goat is too cute 🙂 I hope rain comes your way soon. Living in Ireland, I would love to send you some of ours!

    1. Hi there. I’d love some of your rain. Maybe the best way to send some of your would be to dehydrate it first – to save on postage! : o )
      Sweetie the goat is such a lovely girl, she is so friendly and loves cuddles!
      Cheers Sarah : o )

    1. HI there, I think it’s hard enough to predict one year from the next, let alone ten years. Last year was the wettest summer and this year was the driest. Hopefully next year will be somewhere in the middle!
      Cheers Sarah : o )

    1. Thanks Mel. The pumpkins are soooo cute! I can’t wait until the bigger ones are ready and I can put them side by side, then they’ll look even cuter!
      Cheers S : o ) xxx

    1. Hi Cheryl, we woke this morning to the gentle patter of rain, it’s not much and a long way from relieving the parched soil – but it is a start. Yay!
      Cheers Sarah : o )

  3. We feel your pain here in Tassie…drought just sucks full stop! Everything is dry, brown and flat and deflated and beaten by the endless relentless summer. It might have been alright if our hottest month wasn’t March, when our normal cycles are well into rain and re-greening. We have lost the will to bother out in the garden at the moment because it is so disheartening to go out into a sad space. We got a bit of rain yesterday and hopefully there is more on the horizon but I will gladly suck it up and send it over for you, you need it more :). Our tomatoes are still soldiering on and growing exponentially with tomatoes everywhere. Everything else is starting to give up the ghost except the jalapenos and the Japanese eggplants. The aphids delivered a dose of sooty mould to my corn that spread to my silverbeet and is now infesting my zucchini so it’s time to remove the summer garden and get serious about a real live winter garden. I am a bit scared by the prospect having never gardened in winter before but we will at least give it a go and will be planting lots of kale because I am now drinking a green smoothie a day and don’t plan on giving up just because winter is here. Love the goat’s pedicure. When it’s pouring down and you can’t get into your garden without a coracle, you might find time for that luxury in town ;). Fingers crossed for that rain and bags I some of that pot of gold, I could do with a rainwater tank 🙂

    1. Hi Fran. Sorry I took so long to get back to you – things have been a little bit crazy here. But the good news is – over the last three days we have had rain – not too much to cause flooding but enough to really dampen the soil. Still a long way to go to restore things to normal though.
      You shouldn’t be scared of growing food in the winter – it’s just like summer growing – but only a little colder. Staying in tune with the seasons and eating what is actually grown in the season is dying – being killed off by expensive summer food available for purchase in the middle of winter after travelling from far away. And as a consequence heart warming fare like turnips and kale are lost to the average person.
      Enjoy your winter garden knowing you are doing what really should be done – eating seasonally.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

      1. Even if I plant all my beds out to broad beans and kale that would still make me happy 🙂 We have a “100% chance of rain” on Thursday, thems good odds! Glad you got rain and as a fellow parched earth sufferer I am doing an internal happy dance for you. I KNOW what you are feeling 🙂

  4. Super cute pumpkins, and an even cuter goat. While your season is winding down, ours is starting to gear up…and I’m hoping we don’t repeat last year with a drought you are experiencing now. No fun.
    I love the rainbow garden picture! Lovely!

    1. Hi Jenn.
      I think the start of the season is the most exciting part of gardening – there is so much hope and potential with planting out all the seed. Hope that this season will be the one to have perfect conditions and hope that the plants will stay pest and disease free and the potential for so much delicious produce.
      By the time it gets to where we are then you get a bit over it, there are tomatoes unharvested on my tomato plants, the weeds are starting to creep in and there are dead plants that have long since finished but I cant bring myself to remove them.
      Enjoy the spring – its the best time in the garden.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

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