|My faithful crocs...|
|...Let the mud in LOL|
... being "holey" shoes, the wet clay can't resist seeping in any available orafice. So now I have socks to clean - they had to be white ones too, didn't they :}
But, taking about gardens, I have discovered the strangest thing.
|The tomatoes are on the southern side|
of the broad bean / pea bed, so they've been
protected from the frost. Is that the answer
to growing tomatoes in winter...?
There was a single self-seeded tomato growing with my corn, sunflowers and squash last summer, and when I removed the last of the corn, I left the tomato plant in situ - it had a couple of tomatoes on, and I thought I'd just wait until they were ripe.
Lo, and behold, in the shelter of the broad beans and pea plants, if this plant didn't grow wings and fly :)
|Gorgeous, lucious "winter" tomatoes|
Yes, the mice have had a nibble or two, but they've been more interested in my fresh young peas so the damage hasn't been as severe to this lonely plant.
I've decided that next summer I think I'm going to devote a small "out of the way" veggie bed especially for the mice - perhaps they'll leave the rest of my vegetables alone - and I don't mind giving them a tithe of my crops.
But - it's good to know. I'm going to plant a couple of tomato seeds late next summer, and see how they do through next winter.
|Strawberries growing in July???|
Also, my strawberries are bearing fruit already...!!!
We haven't had much rain so far this winter - I wonder if that has had anything to do with it. Most mornings here are around 4 - 6oC. And the plants are in the shade created by the (winter) north positioned sun hitting the garage before it can get to the strawberry bed.
Quite peculiar I reckon...