Lately, I’ve spent all my free moments pottering around in the garden. I’ve been busy with our first vegetables, weeding and planting, then excitedly watching their progress and warily keeping an eye out for pests.
The tomatoes and beetroots settled into their new homes quite nicely but our cabbages got over excited (I think they were in their planter pots for too long) and bolted to flower. I was lucky enough to cut them back just in time and they are now forming three heads of cabbage on each plant!
I’ve also cleared more beds for planting vegetables in. I have put lettuce and herbs in one and another is reserved for cucumbers, zucchini, and pumpkins.
I was a bit scared while clearing this section as the lavender was buzzing with bee activity all day, but I didn’t get stung. The bees seemed to like my brightly coloured shirt but weren’t interested in the rest of me. When I was done, I transplanted some Japanese climbing cucumbers I picked up at the Farmer’s Market.
My most exciting news though, is that after a week or so of watching and waiting… Our Snow Peas have finally sprouted! I grew snow peas while we were in Sydney but with poor results, as our balcony got very little sun. Now I have a whole section put aside for peas and beans and this makes me so happy!
I am so thankful for our little patch of earth. I longed for this while we were in Sydney and our time living in an apartment really made me appreciate all that we have now. There is nothing like the sense of accomplishment you gain from making things grow with your own two hands.