This post is written for the November Garden Share Collective which has the theme of ‘growth’.
My November garden feels incredibly abundant, with zucchinis sprouting, fruit growing, tomatoes ripening, and the first artichokes ready for the table.
Unfortunately, all this abundance comes at a cost, and that cost is my escalating water bill. Adelaide had its hottest October in a century and the pattern of well-below average rainfall (even for the driest capital in Australia) continues. Ominously, lives have already been lost in bushfires here and in Western Australia and it’s not even summer yet.
On a brighter note, a post about growth must include reference to the two Australorp chicks that our light Sussex bantam Myrtle is raising. She is a most energetic and determined little mother, chasing Merlin the cat when he comes too close, dropping tasty bugs at her babies’ feet, and tucking her babies under her wings in the straw-lined nesting box an hour or two before sunset every night.
I’m not planting anything this month. Not one thing. It’s too hot and dry to risk losing any new plants.
I’m currently harvesting zucchinis, chillies, rhubarb, eggs, potatoes, artichokes and basil with lots more ready just around the corner.
Watering is the most important task until we get some substantial rain. In the next few weeks I’ll net the plum and peach trees and will fertilise all the fruit trees.
What’s happening in your November Garden?