I haven’t done any newspaper posts yet this week because the weather has been too garden friendly for me to stay inside and surf the net for interesting things!
Instead of lazing on the couch I have been hanging out with the chooks, messing around in the vegie garden and wishing for more vegie beds in time for winter.
I am not a person who needs sculpted flower beds to greet visitors as they arrive. To me if it is green and leafy it is good, and most people don’t really notice what you have planted anyway. If they notice you have veg they would usually like to take some home though!
I have two garden beds at the front of the house that I often keep vegies in and yesterday I decided that one of them would be a good broccoli bed.
Don’t get excited, I hate broccoli. Actually I don’t really like eating many types of veg at all! However, as a (semi) responsible parent I have to feed the kids veg and that means I have to eat it too… bleh. The Man though, he loves all vegies so I can pretty much plant anything and it will get an appreciative audience.
An advantage of planting vegies out the front is that I can put snail bait around them and not have to worry about the dog eating it which really helps. For some reason we have an abundance of snails in the garden immediately around the house and those ferocious snails love destroying my seedlings.
I suspect they lurk under the house in the cool and dark all day (houses in Australia don’t have basements), breeding frantically and out of sight of the birds. At night they slide out and chomp my plants.
I want to know what kind of agreement they have with the weeds though. Why do they leave them alone and eat the things I have planted!? Curse you snails!!!!
Months ago I planted some capsicum seedlings, as I do every year, in the hopes of picking and eating ones I have grown myself. Each year they fail miserably. This year I planted them in their own garden bed in the hopes that they will feel a bit special and put in more effort.
Last week I noticed that there was an actual capsicum growing on one of the plants. A miracle!! We have had beautiful weather for one or two days lately but mostly boiling heat alternating with cold and flooding rain so I had pretty much given up on them. But this morning I went out to see if my luck was holding… and it was a mere shell. Those damn snails had chewed it up overnight. Aaaarrrggghhh….
Don’t get me wrong. I am not a green-thumbed feral playing music to my tomatoes, nor am I a person that can wither a cactus with a glance. I would love a sprawling veg garden that I could whip up a gourmet dinner from in a flash but that is never going to happen. I have a messy herb garden that does its own thing and doesn’t mind sharing, and other groups of food plants battling for survival throughout the rest of the place but as for a proper veg garden, I’m a bit too lazy for that kind of organization. I have taken to putting things that I want to grow into large pots and putting them in annoying places near the front and back doors so I will keep tripping over them and won’t forget to water and care for them.
I do have a Wollemi Pine that has managed to not only survive, but thrive for years in a large pot. I look at it every day on my way to the car and think ‘look at that, I’m not such a bad gardener after all’. I am conveniently overlooking the fact that this is a plant that has survived every type of thing the world could throw at it for millions of years and still keep going. It is hardly a delicately formed plant that evolved under specific environmental conditions. These are plants that were eaten by dinosaurs and survived ice ages. If I did kill it that would mean my dubious gardening methods were more effective than millions of years of climate change.
Tonight I will be out with the snail bait taking my revenge on those veg eating, slimy little buggers. I am still proud of my ability to keep the Wollemi alive but, to pick a capsicum, now that would be a gardening triumph!