After a hot spring day, gentle dusk feels like a reprieve. Shadows lengthen, the sunlight is less harsh, and the temperature falls. The garden looks cleaner, brighter and greener than it does at noon.
I look at the cloudless blue sky, cross my fingers and say a little prayer that summer won’t begin too early and undo all my hard work in the garden. Already, we’ve had several days over 35 degrees and below average winter and spring rains.
Overall, I’m happy with progress in my spring garden. After the big hailstorm in September which knocked most of the flowers off my fruit trees, I thought I’d have no fruit at all, but somehow lots of baby plums, peaches and nectarines survived.
And I’ve had greater success than usual growing vegetables from seed by following a recipe for seed raising mix given to me by a lady in a Facebook gardening group. Following her suggestion, I combined 40 per cent washed river sand with 60 per cent fine, fertile loam from one end of the chicken run and it works a treat. The seeds are germinating beautifully then continuing to grow, something I’ve struggled with in the past.
Pretty much the only things being harvested are kale (and more kale), celery, spinach, silverbeet, herbs and rhubarb. Mid-spring is more of a time for planting than harvesting.