... my garden is slowly springing to life :)
|A tiny strawberry - the|
first of the season
... as the strawberry plants are well covered with flowers / tiny strawberries in the making :)
|Having googled how to prune a berry bush, even|
our youngberry bushes are full of emerging flowers.
Last year we had a very disappointing youngbery harvest - addmittedly the bushes were still young, and incorrectly pruned by moi. This year I got clever and googled pruning fruit bushes. The apparent results speak for themselves :) But, it is a thankless chore- the tiny thorns are hectic!! I even had one work it's way deep into my finger and go septic. Ah, the pleasures of gardening LOL
My pumpkins / butternut and tomatoes are all slow - but I think the ducks have been digging up the pumpkin / butternut seeds - it was a nice, wet, straw-filled hollow and just perfect for ducks to forage in... So, (for the third time) I've started them off in seedling trays - well away from the ducks.
|What a sight for sore eyes|
But, I think I am keeping on top of the planting. I have restricted the produce I am going to grow this year to what we enjoy eating the most - peas, beans, swiss chard, tomatoes, peppers - sweet, chilli and piquanté peppers (all three types of capsicum have, amazingly, survived the winter and, after a pruning, are already producing flowers), potatoes, carrots, garlic, onions and aubergines (once the seedlings are available in my local nursery) and, hopefully, pumpkins and butternut.
That should give us a good variety - and a good mix of the necessary orange and dark green vegetables recommended for healthy bodies :) And all are preservable so we can continue to enjoy them next winter.
|The grape vines have barely any leaves,|
but they are already producing grapes :)
Fruit - well we have that covered with strawberries, youngberries, plums, apricots, apples, pears, granadilla's, pomegranates and grapes. Lots of fresh picking / eating, and jams / preserves in that lot, plus, once I've googled "how to make cordials", and souced the necessary bottles, they'll provide for that too ;)
|I also pruned the pomegranate trees correctly|
this year (thank you Google) and they are
producing flowers too :)
For me, it's completely pointless using precious water to grow masses of food we don't eat / enjoy, and which would therefore be a waste - of time, water and effort.
Early tomorrow morning - it's weeding time...!