Last spring Dino made a raised garden bed & planted veggies. Given he gardened with me every year when he was little he should have known better than to mass plant anything & not mulch. He should have known to check the companion planting guide & plant his tomatos with his basil, & his herbs as barriers. Anyway, he went to sea leaving Ditz in charge of watering. Ditz's idea of watering was to make sure the surface was wet ~ which took a whole two seconds. Needless to say given the strange summer weather we had the veggies went to seed & the weeds took over, there were bugs galore & the only thing that survived was the basil.
Summer is not the time to plant anything in Queensland, certainly not anything on the west side of the house, so I ignored the whole shermozzle. As the weather cooled off I began the mammoth task of clearing out the weeds. I don't have a lot of time to garden anymore so it took weeks of picking away at it in the stray 5 minutes that come my way. Eventually I got down to soil & basil. Dino was thrilled & talked about planting it again so I did no more. Well, Dino is broke. His course has caused *temporary financial embarrasment*. I think that's how you put it. Now is the time to plant, before the winter rains so I decided if I waited on Dino I would be waiting a long time. When the kids decided they wanted a DVD I decided that would be a good time to wander into the nursery & see what was in stock. No sooner had I detoured than I found every child I own hot on my heels, all with their own ideas of what I should grow this season! Why do I even bother?
I had no intention of getting a lot to start with. I wanted parsley for winter soups, some beans, because they always give such a good crop & some dill just because I like it. I also got snow peas for the trellis, though Dino swears they wont do well. Just because he couldn't grow them... Honestly, my kids think I came down with the last shower of rain.
Meanwhile Ditz was wandering round with a pot of chocolate mint begging me to buy it, Liddy kept waving sweet peas under my nose & Dino was enviously eyeing off all the things he couldn't afford to buy. I got the beans for him though I would have got them anyway. I am considering celery even thugh I hate fiddling round with it to get it to grow bunched & will get tomatoes & maybe some zucchini as well as silverbeet; lots & lots of silverbeet. The kids are thrilled & happily stood round telling me how great the garden would be while I did all the planting out...ok, Dino did the beans. I know what it is. They all adore wandering past, eating as they go. Oh, well. At least I know they're not consuming pesticides along with their beans.