My tatsoi - isn't it pretty?
After I got over the initial ‘wow – me?!’ of Lizzie’s invitation, I then realised what a potentially boring post you would be reading. At this time of the year, there is not much going on in my vegie patch on Hobart’s eastern shore. I’m largely resting my three small garden beds before spring. Around Easter I pulled the last of the summer beans and dug in lots of bags of goodness to feed up the soil. I don’t have the luxury of lots of garden beds that I can rotate plantings in, so I just rest about 80% of it over the winter months.
Those winter months can be best described as ‘dark’. Before I leave home for work, the sun has barely peeped over the horizon; by the time I get home around 5pm, the sun has gone for the day. It’s dark. This lack of light and my full-time job means that, at this time of the year, I see my vegie and flower gardens only on the weekend; my friend B and I have lamented how disconnected you become from your garden (unlike in the summer months, when we can joyfully garden for a couple of hours after a day stuck inside the office).
We had the shortest day - winter solstice - last week, and it is something that every person in Tasmania (or so it seems) anticipates and celebrates, because it’s a promise that the days will slowly creep ‘upwards’ towards summer, light and warmth (even if, in reality, the next few months are the coldest in the calendar).
So this time of the year, I am doing my gardening on Saturday and Sunday only. Even though I’m resting the garden, I do have some hardy leafy greens in: hardy stalwart silverbeet; a pretty row of curly kale (which seems to love the frost we get here); my first attempt at purple sprouting broccoli or ‘PSB’; and another newbie, tatsoi, which is so pretty to look at in the garden and tastes good in a toasted cheese sandwich.
Current water tank, collecting from the garage
But I am pleased to tell you that a fortnight ago, we got some decent rain. Not just momentary drizzle, but actual rain that lasted days and made a proper dent in the rain gauge. I took most of these photos on that wet weekend, because everything looked fresh and glistening; it was a pleasure to get soaked while I took these pictures for you.
Ever the optimists (or pragmatists), dad and I are in the process of installing a second tank for the vegie garden. To clarify: dad is installing; I am doing what I am told and making cups of tea and cake. It’s not connected up yet, as you can see, so keep your fingers crossed that by the time we do that, there is still rain about.
I hope you enjoyed this wintery tour around my Hobart vegie garden. Please check out the other gardeners in the Garden Share Collective!