It’s raining again.

It’s quite funny because I seem to go on about the rain a lot and so anyone would be led to believe it is a very soggy autumn.  But alas this is not the case.  Since the seasons changed we have only had a couple of decent rainfalls and not really enough to undo all the damage of this summer’s drought.   The boffins have proclaimed that this rain will be the one to quench the soil and break ‘the big dry’ as it is now being referred to – however it’s not looking likely.  It is that annoying rain that gets things wet and makes gardening not so pleasant, but I can’t see any puddles forming.

The ground doesn't look as dry, and there is still enough luscious growth to despite the downhill slide towards winter
The ground doesn’t look as dry, and there is still enough luscious growth despite the downhill slide towards winter

So – to clarify – it hasn’t been raining constantly.  I have done loads in the garden, in the blazing sun and working up quite a sweat – well I would have if I wasn’t a lady.  Ladies don’t sweat – they glow!  Well I was positively glowing.  The garden has been weeded to within an inch of its life; which wasn’t too hard as the dry conditions have kept most of the unwanted interlopers at bay.

I still haven’t managed to remove the summer plants that are on their last legs, but the way I see it – is if they are on their last legs, they are still standing so there is still hope.  Although I was forced to harvest the popcorn as some miserable creature had attacked it and eaten half my crop.  I have words that could be used to describe that unwanted varmit; however we are in polite company so I shall just refer to the thieving swine as an undesirable inconvenience.

At least we will have some home grown popcorn to eat while we pass the time on long winter nights watching movies
At least we will have some home grown popcorn to eat while we pass the time on long winter nights watching movies

Another task I had to tackle was sorting out the greenhouse.  Once all the spring seedlings had fled the coop I kinda abandoned the greenhouse, leaving it in a state of total chaos.  The spiders spun some pretty impressive webs and somehow through the weedmat and the sandy gaps between the paving stones some pretty healthy weeds were flourishing.  Seriously what is up with that?  It has been like a million degrees in there over the summer, with no water and yet they thrive.  Any plant I put in there in conditions that aren’t as harsh and are pampered like princesses are petulant primadonnas who will get in a huff and curl up their toes at the slightest perceived discomfort.

And the sad, tired old-before-it's-time greenhouse is put into service one more time.
And the sad, tired old-before-it’s-time greenhouse is put into service one more time.

But the weather is changing and my autumn sowings – that have been basking in the gentle warmth of autumnal sun, needed a change of scene.  They needed to be in the greenhouse to protect them from the early morning chill that has crept upon us and has me looking for socks the minute I get out of bed.   So I moved them into the warmth where they will reside until I face the fact that summer is well and truly over and rip out the dregs of what was once a thriving, vibrant summer garden, and free up space for cabbages and cauliflowers and witloof.  I don’t even know what witloof is – but I’m gonna give it a whirl!

My orchard will be a shining example of good orchardness by the time I have finished with it.
My orchard will be a shining example of good orchardness by the time I have finished with it.

When I planted my orchard, I decided the best place for it was at the far end of our property, so we would have an excuse to go to the far reaches of our land.  But sometimes the trek (it’s not actually that far) seems like too much effort and so my poor orchard has only really received intermittent attention.  Well this year that is all about to change.  I have decided I really need to fix this situation and take proper care of the trees I planted so they will bear me the best fruit.  With this new found enthusiasm for my trees I looked up what I needed to do and sprayed the peach leaves for peach leaf curl and pruned the plums – it’s a bit late for the required summer prune, but I figure it’s closer to summer than winter so close enough should be good enough.  Then I got all enthusiastic with my pruners and went around the whole orchard and removed dead and diseased wood which was really easy to see, as these were the branches without leaves.  I am so proud of my orchard efforts.

So things are ticking away nicely in my little horticultural paradise, but having said that there isn’t really much that needs doing.  It is quite a laid back season and it is a time to enjoy the fruits of my labours.  Although I do keep asking myself – surely there is something that needs to be done?

Hmmm.... maybe I should do something with these windfall quince....
Hmmm…. maybe I should do something with these windfall quince….

Come again soon – I’m sure there is something that needs doing…

Sarah the Gardener  : o )

8 thoughts on “It’s raining again.

  1. Feels so good to clean out those gardening places whether outside in the actual garden or an inside item that prepares us for the garden, or even the storage closet like the one I need to get into and clean in the next few weeks.

    1. Hi Lucinda.
      In the busyness of the growing season it is easy to get all in a clutter. It is nice to take some time at the end to sort it all out, but it is tinged with a degree of sadness as it means another season is over.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

  2. Great to see someone out in the garden! I have been holed up next to Brunhilda huddling (hibernating and shivering)… The cruel truth is that although I am now more fit and healthy after I lost weight early this year and can do more work with less effort, I feel the cold more! I am learning about physics…for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction…thats about all I am going to need to know about physics (unless I get an apple tree and there was some sort of physics lesson from Isaac Newton there wasn’t there?…) I am going to have to dig up the little mango trees that grew in the compost before the frost comes (if it comes) and get my middle aged rump out of the house but it is SO nice inside! ;). Hope you caught that popcorn eating varmint…hold it’s tale over a flame and if it “POPS!” it’s the culprit! 😉

    1. Hi Fran. It is still raining. It hasn’t stopped, although the temperature has been up and down like a yo-yo. I stepped outside today with bare feet and had mud squish up between my toes – that hasn’t happened for months! So I have been stuck inside, but I have still been busy kitchen gardening and have made quince jam, quince jelly and hot chilli sauce.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

      1. I think that’s the secret isn’t it Sarah? You just have to work within your parameters and whether that’s outside in the garden or inside processing the garden its ALL good :). I slow baked quinces last year and made Steve a gorgeous quince cake but alas, he isn’t a fan of their gorgeous flavour. Such a pity because quinces are a fantastic fruit tree to grow because they LOVE it dry and they take all sorts of punishment. Like olives and figs they thrive on neglect. I might just plant a couple up the back block along with my prospective olive grove and fig trees to make my own little spot on the Med on Serendipity Farm…now I just need to get me (or MAKE me…) a hammock 😉

    1. Thanks Norma. When popped they taste a lot sweeter than the store bought ones I got the seed from. I will definitely grow them again next year.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

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