I have to say that you don’t need tempreture conversion to know that yesterday was bloody HOT!!! According to the weather presenters on TV it was 44 here in sunny Swan Hill. Our temp guage (which is in the shade I might add) registered 45 and and Italian Gentleman whose house Ashley was working at yesterday at around 2 pm said his guage was reading 47. No wonder our airconditioner was struggling. I normally walk around with a jumper on inside (cause I get too cold while everyone else thinks it’s fine), yesterday I didn’t need that jumper.
This morning and last night we had rain. Not big fat juicy drops, they were slightly on the thin side, but they were steady and at least the dust is washed off the garden and the footpaths. This afternoon the sun is out again and it is beginning to get muggy.
Hopefully soon our tomatoes will start ripening. Surely the rain will boost them along. The bushes have a very respectable number of fruits on each, they are just all green. Lucky Chloe to be able to put some in the freezer. I have been picking zucchini and lettuces (a butter one which is absolultely delicious) and even picked some corn cobs which the children can’t wait to have. There is a four litre icecream container of beans in the freezer already. I thought I would get more, but the heat really knocked them around despite being on dripper irriagation. I must put in some more seeds and hopefully will get another crop before the frosts come.
The grape vine is so loaded with grapes they are starting to drag on the ground and Ashley has had to tighten the wires they are on. Considering that we only moved this vine last winter it has done remarkably. The four years it was in its old position there was never any sign of a grape, let alone the amount of leaves and vines it has now. Just goes to show you can move anything if you are careful. The onions are out of the ground and in a box in the freezer – there are a few that are going to seed, so will leave them for a bit longer so I have seed for next years crop.
Our potatoes were a disappointment. Does anyone have any tips on growing them in tyres? We put compost in the bottom tyre, planted the potatoes (3 to 4 in each) covered them with more compost, then as they grew tucked straw in and around them reasonably tightly. Each potatoe stack got to four tyres high. They were reguarly watered but at the most we only got what we planted in seed potatoes back. Should we have been putting dirt in each tyre as they grew or should they have been planted in more compost at the beginning? I’m sure I saw Peter Cundall on Gardening Australia just lay the potatoes on top of straw and put more over the top and they grew. Just not sure what we are doing wrong.
Today was clean the house, bake sausage rolls and rescue the gecko (small lizard) that was hiding in James room day. He (James) came out screaming there was a lizard in his room and he (James – again) needed rescueing. So guess who was the lucky soul who got to save the lizard which was a whole 4 inches long – ME – the one who just loves reptilian creatures…lol. Peace restored, James rapidly cleaned up the rest of his room just to see if there were any more lizards hiding in there – there wasn’t I am pleased to announce.
I hope you day has been much less eventful than mine.
PS Ashley has just announced he is taking me out for tea for our wedding anniversary. Ohhh lovely a meal I don’t have to cook and Mum has kindly said she will babysit. Ahh a couple of hours of adult conversation – heaven.