arid (ar′id, er′-)
lacking enough water for things to grow; dry and barren
not interesting; lifeless; dull
This dictionary meaning is spot on in it's desciption of where we live.
The yearly average rainfall for this district is only 220mm.
Today I was busy getting the vegie garden up and growing. We bought some seedlings and moo poo and have put them in the vegie garden. I purchased some strawberries which will be grown in pots, butternut pumpkin (although I am not sure if it is the right season for them), some apple cucumbers, green capsicum, silverbeet and tomorrow I hope to get some zucchini.
Last year we didn't have great success so hopefully this year is better. We have rainwater in storage so this is what I will use on the garden.
This is the tomato plot, I have planted seven self-seeded tomatoes and if they all take off I will be busy making sauce and relish. Since planting these this morning I have added some basil seedlings between the tomato plants. I have been told this helps to keep bugs at bay, so we will have to wait and see. I have put lucerne hay leftovers from my daughter's horses on top for mulch.
One of the tomato plants.
At last the wild peaches (quandongs) are ready. I have been picking them over the past few days and am hoping to get enough for at least one pie. I shall get busy cutting these up tomorrow.
This is our first crop we have picked off our home grown trees, these take about 5 years before they fruit from seed.
The seed looks like this. We throw these back into the yard near a host plant and wait for them to rot and grow. There are plenty of young seedlings scattered all over our property. They tend to shoot after a good rain.
This is how I cut them up and remove the seed. They can be dried or stewed, and can also be made into jam and chutney.