This post has been a long time coming. I have been struggling with depression and looking for ways to drag myself out of the doldrums. Twelve months has ticked over since my dear Mum passed away, and I have really struggled with the trauma of nursing her right up to the end and missing her terribly. I had lost my mojo for life and after having a few health issues related to stress, I decided it was time once that clock ticked over twelve months, that I would pull my socks up and get back to living my life.
I am looking forward to Spring when the plants will really take off. Right now in the orchard I am harvesting an abundance of grapefruit, lemons, oranges and mandarins. My mango tree is covered in flowers and I am waiting for hubby to get some free time to put a protective fence around my fruit trees so the north wind wont damage them anymore. He is really busy at work with shortages of workers due to the bug. I will finish pruning the grapevines, fig, apricot, peach and nectarine trees on Monday. The weather has almost been Spring-like already, maybe it will arrive early this year.
In the veggie patch I have silver-beet, beetroot, broad beans, kale, cabbages, parsley, strawberries, garlic, spring onions, potatoes, rhubarb, leeks. The Warringal spinach is doing well and so is the camomile. I have flowers and berries forming on the blueberry bush. I am picking tiny tomatoes that have produced really well all throughout the cold weather. Even the capsicums have been flowering and producing too. The winter has been so cold here, with day after day of frosts and fogs, but little rain, so the ground is very dry. Come Spring, the other dormant plants will burst into growth, things like dragon-fruit, climbing spinach, chives and garlic chives, sage, lemon balm, basil, thyme, oregano. I am going to replace some plants this season with fresh seedlings when the time is right.
I have been madly preparing healthy soil for the veggie barrels and I am setting up some gifted foam boxes as beds also. Some are the wicking type, some are not. I am also going to claim the lawn area for veggie growing because if I am going to waste water on a lawn I might as well grow food! "Grow food, not lawns" as the saying goes. It hasn't been growing properly lately anyway, it is almost dead. I have my thinking cap on about how I am going to go about this new venture. The area does get a lot of sun during summer, so that might be a problem I need to work out.
Have a beautiful blessed week!