2011年5月17日火曜日

note to self to be read May 2012

It's getting hotter now. As an Aussie the season changes here seem really violent. You put your thermals and woollen jumper on same as you have for the last six months and one day BAM- by 10am you're sweltering. Winter's over, Spring has arrived with a vengeance!

When it comes to clothing it's pretty easy to remedy.

But there's something else that suffers with the sudden change of season.

And that's my seed starting beds.

To get the most out of the summer season here we need to start our summer veggies in the plant equivalent of a humidicrib- either indoors in a sunny place, in a greenhouse (we now have materials for two versions but have come u with ANOTHER alternative design and STILL haven't built ours, don't ask.) or in a seed bed with a heavy plastic lid.

That's the version we went for. Nice sunny spot in the garden, aluminium bottom seed bed, pallets of peat moss, little stakes to keep the plastic elevated and we went to town- snap dragons, marigolds, habanero peppers, birds eye chillies, black zucchinis, nasturtiums, yellow cherry tomatoes, Chinese broccoli etc etc.

So, nice warm days and protected from the chilly nights and everything was looking amazing. We had so many zucchini come up I was offering them left right and centre, the Chinese broccoli was going to provide table and freezer for months the habaneros had me dreaming of Mexican food already..

And then today. Phew, it's a hot one. I stripped down to my t-shirt and was sweating as I worked.

went to water my seed babies and pulled the plastic up- wahhhhh!!! It was like a sauna in there. Oh noooooooooo- seed babies do NOT like saunas.

I still haven't counted the carnage properly but I think we lost about 90% of everything, 100% of the Chinese broccoli and the bloody marigolds that Meg and Amy planted by the hundred and I really don't like but tolerate for their bug repellant properties? All survived.

Bloody cockroaches if the plant world!

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Gina さんのコメント...

The cockroaches of the flower world eh? You know I think it was last year when you mentioned here what great bug repellents they are and I actually made a mental note of that. And now after reading that almost everything perished (sorry) but the marigolds! I'm sold! I was at the DIY yesterday after Noah's school picnic looking to buy some flowers for the area near the shed. And couldn't decide which flower. Now I'm going to know which 1 of the flowers I'll be picking. I also recall that you mentioned how you plant the marigolds near the plants to keep the bugs off the actual veggies. So, I will remember that this year when we start our little garden as well. You're so helpful with gardening type info. Thank you.

I was looking at berry bushes yesterday also. And thought of you right away. Wondering which one would she recommend. ; ) It's fair to say, you're my gardening "go to" gal. : )