After 120 points on Friday I couldn't' get out into the garden until Sunday - just too muddy (who would have thought after the dry, dry summer) - but by Sunday it was perfect underfoot and easy digging also! So off i went on a shovel hunt - 9 shovels here and I couldn't find one, not even the one I had planted so no one else could get it!! Off to the sheds to see what I could find and reclaim. I need to check out 3 utes and several paddock corners - my shovels are somewhere!!!!
First up I tried to burn a pile of weeds and rubbish - too damp - along came the MOTH with some diesel - that didn't have much of an effect either! So it smoldered away all day!! Thursday I will give it another go.
Up I climbed into the raised beds ( about 24" up) and dug them over (they had been mulched with rice straw and composted cow manure a couple of months ago - soooo easy to dig!!! Then planted chard (for chooks and pigs)in one; and celery & leeks (for us 2 legged animals) in the other. These photos were taken before I mulched them with chaff that a customer didn't want!!
These spring onions are the leftovers from last year that have reshot and are growing well - BONUS!! - so they were mulched also - will get some more seedlings and fill this raised bed. Then I dug over another ground bed next to the plantings I did last week. Those green spots amongst the mulch are spinach, silver beet, and Asian greens.
from vegies I moved on to planting herbs. Sage, Oregano, Parsley, Mint and Tarragon. Hopefully this coming weekend I will get some carrots, peas, broad beans, broccoli and parsnips planted and maybe some more herbs. I probably should be doing that on Wednesday and Thursday as we have more rain predicted on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - unfortunately I am going to Wagga with the MOTH tomorrow - he has a specialist appointment for his hip - no shopping though, just straight over and straight back. He is panicking because he hasn't sown his oats (just oats not wild oats!!lol) and there is rain coming!!
I have been sewing but it is a secret until my swap partner receives it and then I can show you!! So it is off to bed for (at this ridiculous hour of the morning - 1:15am) - if I am really on the ball in the morning I might just pick up some seedlings when I go to town and get them planted before we go to Wagga!!!