Garden update!

I’m still in the post-Christmas slump phase of my holidays, which is generally characterised by sleeping a lot, reading a lot, feeling guilty about all the sleeping and reading, and indulging guilt-fueled frenzies of activity.

It also involves going to the Boxing Day Test with my brother, though he might not invite me in future – last year, I turned up and the Sri Lankan batting order promptly collapsed; this year, I arrived and the British tail end collapsed followed by the Australian batting order also collapsing, and then he called me the next day after lunch to see if I could come in and jinx the British… the first wicket fell as I entered the MCG and they were all out by tea.

He wouldn’t let me attend yesterday, which I thought was a little unfair, really.  After all, the Brits got one full day free of my baleful influence – why should the Aussies be any more fortunate?

The really sad part about all this is that I really like to watch good batting, but evidently I don’t get to see it in person (the effect seems to work only when I am present – no amount of glaring at the TV has an impact).

Anyway, after all the sleeping and jinxing of cricket teams, I thought that a bit of gardening was warranted.  My garden is actually doing far better than I deserve just now.  It gets watered, but yesterday was about the first weeding it’s had since I put it in, and also the first time I staked the tomatoes, which had been running wild.


Note strategically-placed Hallmark sunbeam

Still, the tomatoes and zucchini and even the capsicums are coming along nicely, and I think I will have fruit within the next week.

Enthusiastic tomatoes and zucchini, with parsley and capsicums as supporting acts.  Will this be the year I am overrun by zucchini?  Please?

Enthusiastic tomatoes and zucchini, with parsley and capsicums as supporting acts. Will this be the year I am overrun by zucchini? Please?

Bed number two has healthy leeks, carrots and asparagus coming along, but did encounter a few issues, mostly of the feline variety.  First up, the cats decided that my bean patch was a cat bed, and after a week of intensive rolling, I wound up with seven horizontal bean plants and only one survivor.  They also kindly dug up and replanted some, but not all, of my mixed salad greens seeds, so that row has a somewhat curved shape with a cat-shaped gap in the middle.  I’ve now planted out more beans, along with corn, in the hope that they will do the magic trick of self-staking and climbing each other.  And I’ve planted basil in the cat-shaped hole.

Note the cat-shaped gap at the front of my greens, now planted with basil.

Note the cat-shaped gap at the front of my greens, now planted with basil.

In bed three, the raspberries are surviving, the pumpkin seedlings are looking set to start running wild at any moment, and a melon seedling finally came up just before Christmas, when I’d given up hope of anything germinating.


There was no basil when I first planted out my garden, so I’ve added some to my second garden bed.  I’ve also finally pulled up all the winter bulbs, and planted out my porch pots with more basil, stevia (just to see if it’s any good), and several flowers whose identity I am uncertain of.


I don’t really do flowers, but I liked the colour of this one.


Exhibit A: A flower. No idea what kind, but it’s a pretty colour…

Hopefully, I’ll be able to do some harvesting soon.  Actually, those salad greens are looking about ready for tonight’s dinner….

So, how is your garden growing?


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5 comments for “Garden update!

  1. December 30, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I’m pretty sure it’s a variety of Impatiens –

  2. January 1, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Wow, look at all your plots! We’re just starting a little pot plant collection on our balcony, warming up with a few herbs. Hopefully it’ll do well and we’ll be inspired to expand throughout 2014.

    • Catherine
      January 1, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Good luck! I’m actually a terrible gardener, because I just don’t have the required attention span, but I have real hopes of my veggies this year…

      • filkferengi
        January 5, 2014 at 1:31 am

        I have real hopes of your write-ups about your veggies this year.


        • Catherine
          January 5, 2014 at 11:24 am

          I picked a bean yesterday! It was very exciitng.

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