Sometimes I think food gardening is a mug’s game. It’s so frustrating to spend years nourishing the soil and months nurturing seeds and seedlings only to have lack of rain and hot weather destroy everything. I know others are struggling with too much rain that washes away the topsoil and brings with it pests and plant diseases.
And yet. And yet I do this year after year, too stupid perhaps to learn my lesson and buy immaculate fruit and vegetables at my local greengrocer’s. Sometimes I think I’m insane.
In February we had many days over 40 degrees celsius and 0.4mm of rain. A whole four tenths of a millimetre. I don’t actually believe we got that; I think it evaporated before it hit the ground.
To tell you the truth, I did very little gardening in February, apart from water and harvest anything still alive. I had to throw away most of the immature eggplants because they were full of caterpillars and the capsicums shriveled up on the plants. The Golden Bantam corn dried out before the husks fully developed. I ripped out most of the tomatoes but continued to harvest the valiant, energetic zucchinis.
Our March garden isn’t looking promising, with very little rain on the horizon. Perhaps too optimistically, I planted some cooler weather seeds under the shelter of our patio last week, and some are already germinating.
This post is part of a monthly Garden Share Collective where participants write about what they’re harvesting, planting, and a to-do list.
I’m currently harvesting drought-hardy herbs like sage, rosemary and lemongrass, along with cherry tomatoes, chillies, limes, zucchinis, green onions and eggs.
I don’t want to plant anything out until it rains, which according to the long-range forecast isn’t any time soon.
The garden is a mess and sorely needs weeding and tidying up, and I’ll need to water for at least the next couple of months. Dead things like the ill-fated sweetcorn will be removed and the soil dug over and fertilised. If it rains I’ll plant seeds and seedlings of autumn and winter crops.
What’s happening in your garden this month?