Thursday, December 20, 2007

Feeling Blue Like The Sky

Well I was out watering my little vegie patch this morning, as once again we missed out on the rain.

This is becoming such a habit here in Adelaide this last month or so, rain is predicted and it goes east over the boarders.

When I talk to family interstate they see rain predicted on their weather reports for Adelaide and think we are being rained on. So I have to keep telling them the rains didn't come.

For the first time since I put a garden fork into the soil back in 1999, I am disheartened with the garden.

I feel guilty and this upsetting me, because I am not a farmer who's lively hood depends on the crops. I'm a backyard gardener who has this idea that organically grown vegies is not only good for us, the food tastes so much better. I can go down to the local green grocer and buy what I can't harvest, a farmer can't do this.

Yes I am still harvesting food from the vegie patch, though not as much as in past years.

Tomatoes haven't even set fruit yet. I am wondering if it's all the above temperatures we have been having and the flowers haven't set? Or is it the water I have cut back on, with the drought? By this time of the year we are usually eating or about to start eating tomatoes. These tomato plants were planted out only 2 weeks later than other years.

Now I am thinking what to plant now we are back from Sydney. Do I still plant out some summer crops or just wait and plant out winter crops???

What I'd like to still plant for this summer are as follows.....

  • zucchini
  • corn
  • cucumbers
  • bush pumpkins
  • silverbeet
As we have hot weather up until late March.

Other areas, I can get ready for the following season are....

  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • cauli
  • spinach

Well I feel better for telling you all how I feel this morning. Rain is again forecast for the next couple of days with falls up to 40 mm of rain in some areas. Not holding my breath..... I look so silly with a blue face on a hot and muggy day.

If you are getting rain I am so pleased for you. If not, do like me...... think about it... pick yourself up... dust yourself down and stop holding one's breath.....and get that watering can.

Until next time....hoo roo

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