During my recent break (see previous post) The Boys faithfully watered the garden. It was extremely hot and so i am thankful not to return to a burnt out tangle of veggies. In fact, i returned to abundance not only of veggies but also the grass. We had to mow it several times. I spread the clippings out to dry and this morning i covered up the newly weeded beds with the dried grass to keep the moisture in.
The one thing they did forget to do was harvest and so i arrived home to many giant zucchinis, stacks of lettuce on the brink of going to seed and yummy tomatoes. What i am finding in this heat is that the sun seems to burn my skin on contact. I have red hair and fair skin and it almost hurts to be out in it. Sunscreen does nothing for me. The UV must be particularly high.
|Apple Cucumbers - i remember coming home from school and having these with a sprinkle of salt for a snack. I haven't been successful with Lebanese or Continental and I'm waiting for a break in the heat to plant my seedlings for another attempt.|
|One way I've used them up is to throw a heap into a pot of homemade stock with pumpkin and potato. Though Hubby did say that it tasted slightly different from my normal soup i told him it was the coconut cream i added rather than normal cream.|
|I have some massive beefeater tomatoes coming on at the moment.|
|I always seem to harvest when i don't have a container and so i do what my mother did. She used her apron and i use the front of my shirt. Got to love the purple/pink and red contrast.|
|Some of that excess lettuce, eggs and the above tomatoes became tonight's dinner. I mixed a left over piece of kabana when i cooked the tomatoes and the hole from the egg-in- bread became a giant crouton.|
|The capsicum plant seems to love the heat.|
|My latest piece of decor - onions from Jessie waiting to be planted.|
Keep cool guys. There is more hot weather on the way. I'm finding that early morning watering seems to work best, though if its really a scorcher, i have lightly sprayed the back wall of trellises to take the heat out of the brick wall in the evening. I have also strung up rope between the beds and hung shadecloth (like sheets on a washing line) to filter the north west sun. The lettuce bed is also completely covered with shade cloth, which i think is 70%.
Tom is currently reading out loud out of a book written in 1940. Its a series of reports and letters from the middle east at the beginning of WWII. He's just about to get to the Australian and British forces entering Tobruk so i had better go pay attention as he is finding all the detail fascinating and keeps looking over to see if I'm listening. How many feet the trenches were etc, which direction they came from (shows me the map) and on and on and on...... This 24 hr a day preoccupation with military has the house almost permanently sounding like a battlefield. Its tiring but having had my rest I'm now able to deal with this with patience and understanding. Sometimes being a good mum, means having to leave for a little while.
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