Only 7 August days without rain!
Ok, so its wet! The nearby Campbell Creek has burst its banks 4 or 5 times (but who is counting)? I have mini creeks flowing out of my hillside and it feels strange NOT to be wearing waterproofs!
Apart from hail damage, the vegetable gardens have held up well and I am still picking delicious Toscano Di Nero Kale, Celery, Broccoli and Silver beet. As the time lag of winter catches up there will be fewer things to pick and so I am busy sowing fast spring vegetables like Tatsoi and Kaliaan to fill the gap. Application of any of the weed tonics that you have made would now be ideal!
I have spent the dark hours of the last week preparing for three extensive guild plantings for both the trial workshops in November and the Launch of TPOW on the 23rd of March 2014. I am aiming to plant in the second week of October and so have been frantically sowing seeds. Mice have been unfriendly and eaten some seedlings but a ring of rat bedding and citrus has done the prevention trick!
Thanks to those who braved the weather of TPOW’s Share afternoon. Regardless of the weather we had a lovely exchange of information about young fruit tree pruning and making tonics from weeds. (I have included the Rhubarb cordial recipe for those who requested it!) Great to have the junior Simpson Primary School visit to talk about composting, seed germination and all things plants! Great also to discover much to mine and the students delight, that Poppet (the goat) prefers paper name tags to grass!