2010年6月13日日曜日

racing the rain

It was forecast to rain today. Rain that could very well be the start of the rainy season. We were racing the clock then to rain-ready the garden.

Thankfully the rain held off until evening and while it came down to the wire we did it:
  • planted 7 pumpkin plants. Two varieties this year, mini pumpkins and butternuts. We planted them right in the corner of the plot where they will run rampant over the butterbur and Japanese ginger. Hopefully. Last year they took a liking for tilled soil and invaded the sweet potato patch...
  • planted out an additional 9 cucumber plants. The 20 we already planted not being enough. We were given the seedlings and didn't quite offload as many as we were hoping. Oh well, I see pickled cucumbers on the horizon.
  • Put up the tomato house. Well for the first time anyway. I'm not convinced the plastic we used is typhoon-proof so I see tomato house building on the horizon, too...
  • transplanted 5 rows of seedlings from the seed raising bed to the leaf vegetable beds. Fingers crossed for the cos lettuce, butterleaf lettuce, sunny lettuce, oak leaf lettuce and salad mizuna.
  • cut the grass and trimmed the edges of the lawn.
  • cut back all the leaves from the bulbs and the fallen lupins so they don't rot in the rain.
We were just packing up the garden tools when the first big drops of rain started falling.

I hope it rains for at least a week to tell the truth. I could do with the break!