Oh goodness it has been weeks since I have blogged. So much has happened I feel as though I’ve run a marathon! Late January saw the boys back at school, year 3 and year 2. And the youngest at daycare (or as I call it ‘Mummy sanity/ shopping/ cleaning/ and any-other-thing-you-cannot-do-with-a-2-year-old-day’) once a week. Four weeks on and we’ve slipped into that lovely groove of school days, homework and long afternoons in the garden.
The beginning of February became the time we decided to move. It came after a frustrating day stuck inside. Two bedrooms with a eat-in kitchen is just too small for the five of us. (Now please don’t think I am ungrateful for we’re very blessed to have what we do) A few days later we saw our broker. Hmm we need more savings, more! Ok we could handle that… So lets rent something bigger for 12 months. 7 houses later I ‘m exhausted, battling dozens of people at viewings, filling armloads of paperwork out. And then the rejections…. So we are staying here. At Little Farm for a bit longer. Slowly saving for our crazy dream of chickens, veggies, ducks, orchards and a goat. Oh and a house with land and a man shed. So I will clean out the cupboards and keep dreaming big. For the next 4 months at least.
Out in the Garden things are moving along. The tomatoes are ripening and making their way to the pot, cucumbers, oh dear, are always on a dinner plate. Three vines are sufficient it seems for us. I planted out two more vines last week, somehow I don’t think we will need them!
Something that is missing this year is the zucchini. Succumbing to a rotting virus (I’m yet to diagnose what it was) I had to pull it out. It is rather liberating not having monster zucchini. At first. Then you have to buy them. I am expecting to pick zucchini again in a week or so.
Another good tip I’ve learnt this summer is 1 square metre of basil is more than enough in one summer. For us, our neighbours and a few friends. Next year I will try four plants instead.
We are having such a wonderful growing season, with regular rain and abundant growth. Today a cool breeze is blowing in and I am typing this outside wearing a cardigan, in February! Even the boys wore jumpers today. But my mind cannot help dreaming of cool evenings and falling leaves. Soon I remind myself, so instead I am preparing for the winter crops. Pulling out the first of the spent tomato plants. harvesting everyday and gathering the winter seeds, that’ll be sown as soon as the moon is ready.
I am sure much more has happened here at Little Farm, but ‘right now’ I have to feed the chickens so happy gardening to you all!