I bet you were beginning to think the 'homegrown' part of Dig In was a fib, a fantasy?
And that's me in the corner!
But yesterday, for the first time in weeks - months - we were blessed with a sunny, warm weekend. Well, Sunday morning - Saturday was damp and miserable. After frosty starts this week, it was a joy to wake up to sunshine and blue skies.
My parents were coming for a visit, too, so I was really happy: we could be out in the garden, and indeed, we ended up eating lunch outside. I can't remember the last time we did that!
The sunshine motivated me to venture into the vegie garden for some proper work, to get the space ready for spring sowing action. I built two teepee-style trellises for climbing beans (above), inspired by ones in Hobart's botanic gardens. Their frames, of course, were mega-structures, welded strong and reaching for the skies; mine are tea-tree sticks rescued from a screen I demolished a few months ago, barely six feet tall. And trussed together with old pantyhose. In front of them, I lay out guarding to mark where I'll sow mixed mesclun salad greens.
Elsewhere I put up hip-high climbing frames (made last year) to support non-climbing peas and beans; Dad pounded them in for me to ensure they were secure in the ground. I also marked out a line ready for Tuscan Cavolo Nero kale, which I've never grown before. I'm looking forward to these - pictures I have seen are very impressive with their tall, blackish, plume-like leaves.
I also planned where I'll grow tomatoes, once Dad has gotten them going in a month or so. Last year I grew small cherry tomatoes in pots, and while I was happy with my first-ever attempt, it was hellish keeping the plants moist in the unseasonal heat. So I'm growing them directly in the ground this year. I'm hoping for Black Krims, please Dad - one of my favourites.
And here is an update of my savoy cabbages: my, how they've grown! I love their dark crinkled leaves; such a fascinating texture.
What's growing in your garden?