BUT, whilst he was here I took delivery of my Stack-A-Tub - the name says it all. I have placed it on our back patio - the only place which gets sun in winter, and, co-incidentally, it is right outside our grandsons' bedroom window - so when he's here he can peep out of his window to see how "his" vegetables are growing. We planted baby spinach and a (centre) garlic clove in the top section and peas in the middle section - aiming for them to grow down the tubs as opposed to needing support. Trial and error - if they don't do that well hanging down then I'll give them support to climb up. My other half loves peas in the pod, which I can't find anywhere in Cape Town, so, providing we get enough from the nine plants, I know who I'll call if I need some shelled for dinner. In lower section I planted some basil, but I think I'm going to replace them with lettuces - basil will grow perfectly in a stand alone pot. The beauty of the stack a tub is that as all three tiers are detachable, it's obviously mobile, so when we go to the farm I can take it with us. I'm thinking of using it as a herb garden on the farm - close to the kitchen door.
I have also ordered some very special lemon tree cuttings from overseas. But I'm not going to say anymore until I have some fruit photo's to share with you - sorry, that'll take two or three years. But I'm very excited and can't wait for them to arrive. If they arrive alive, and I manage to root them successfully, then I will be ordering more. I can't see why I shouldn't be successful as I have managed to root two pomegranate cuttings in the past four weeks.
We are still unable to get away to the farm - perhaps later this month... We need to install the newly painted security gates, and, of course, my freecycle kitchen counters. But we have a neighbour who is also building his house there and he tells us that our plants / trees are all doing well with our irrigation system, and we've had a bit of rain, so we don't have to worry about them.
Would be nice to get away to the peace and serenity again though...