Today is the first day of Autumn in Australia. I find the changes of seasons a good time to take stock and reflect on my garden’s progress. Here’s my post about my lovely garden at the beginning of summer. Spring had been good to my backyard and everything was very productive as summer rolled in.
It was a weird summer. December was painfully dry. January started with no rain and hit a record-breaking high of almost 46 C (115 F). Then, in the last few days of January, the rains rang in with a bang and most of February had good rain. Throughout summer there were some unusually cold days and a lot of scorchers. Something tells me that when the statisticians are done, everything will average out and it will have been a “normal” summer. Lies, damned lies and statistics, eh?
The one thing I know is that my garden doesn’t believe in averages, it wants water, some sun and a bit of warmth pretty much every day. Those 2 days over 40 wilted, burnt and stunted plenty of plants, vegetables and trees alike. The days with full sun roasted many of the seeds I’d been silly enough to sow and flattened the seedlings that had bravely showed themselves in spite of the heat. The extremes also drove the wildlife to linger longer in gardens than in the bush where plants don’t get the helping hand of a gardener with a watering can. The end result was crop loss – lots of crop loss 😦
That said, I harvested plenty that had been well established in spring and I got heaps of greens, most notably silverbeet, spinach and mizuna, all through summer. I’ve got some plants in the ground that will push on through autumn and maybe I can try my hand at sowing some seeds again with better luck as those long hot days move behind us.
Which leads me to my garden on the first day of autumn – a rainy and cool start to the season.
Several vines (watermelon, cucumber, squashes) are running like crazy, but the fruit isn’t forthcoming. Maybe March will be their turn?
Basil, basil and more basil. Pesto for everyone!
And hey, I’ve got 2 (yes TWO) banana spears on my plants right now. In the next month or so I’ll be having my daily banana plus I’ll be making as much banana bread as hubby can stomach. The bananas liked all that heat (and water which we poured when the heavens didn’t).
The only obvious sign of autumn is the mulberry tree at the bottom of the garden, in the past 3 or 4 days the leaves have begun yellowing – tis the season!
When I stop and look, there really is a lot out there and I eat something almost every day from my garden. There’s also a bit that still has its best days ahead. Maybe spring spoiled me, summer really hasn’t been too bad after all.