I had every intention of posting a monthly update on what was going on in my garden but in December a drought took hold of South Africa. This is the worst drought I can remember since my childhood with animals dying due to lack of water. Thankfully, the Western Cape has not had it as bad as ‘up North’ but we have still been affected. Meat and produce prices are due to skyrocket, and this is not going to be a great year for the grape harvest and wine producers. We are on water restrictions with the cost of our water having increased by 10%. We can water on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and to make it even worse, we have had very little rain. On top of this, the wind has been howling, as it tends to do at this time of the year. I let my garden go to seed and will start again when the rainy season resumes. In the meantime I thought I would share my December photographs with you.
In My Garden March 2016
I planted 6 Hubbard squash plants and this was way too much! They took over my garden and despite the limited watering I still have green leaves. The plant is flowering but the wind keeps on blowing them away. If any of the seeds take I will donate plants to anyone who wants them as Dave did not enjoy the squash.
I dug out one fennel plant to use with my radishes and carrots to make Turkish pickles. The rest of the fennel has gone to seed. I have collected some of the seeds to use as a spice, and I used some of the fronds when I made a bone broth. The rest of the seeds I have let go on the wind as this plant is indigenous to where we live. Radishes grow so easily that they make the best vegetable to get children to plant as the results are nearly instantaneous. I also learnt that I must spread my carrots as I ended up with bunches being twisted into a weird mass of carrot shapes.
I have some mystery plants growing among the sweet potato leaves. The reason I am watering is to ensure I get to harvest sweet potatoes again. I have pulled out the plants that look like the are going to grow into trees, and left the flowering ones in the garden. These must be water wise as I am still getting flowers on them.
My marigolds continue to flourish and as the seeds go dry I scatter them around and they are taking so well. Another water wise plant that is a great companion flower.
My gooseberry bush died after this photograph was taken and so it was cut back and I can see green shoots forming. I have been ‘spoiling’ my tarragon and chillies with a decent watering. The tarragon is one of the best species I have grown and my chilli bush has been abundant this summer.
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What I blogged March 25:
- one year ago – Food For Your Brood
- three years ago – Sourdough English Muffins
- five years ago – Snoek Soufflé