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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Gardening with Liddy & Dino.

A fruit is a vegetable with looks and money. Plus, if you let fruit rot, it turns into wine, something Brussels sprouts never do.”P. J. O'Rourke (1947 - )
Dino is home.I have these in my sink. My house stinks of cooking mud crab & I hate the smell of seafoodI love my son. While I was dragging the Ditzy one inter~island for her flute lesson Dino & Liddy got together to extend the passionfruit trellis. The passionfruit is Liddy's baby. Despite the trellis I expect it will go up the mandarin tree & along our guttering. We usually do well with passionfruit but they are a tad rampant. The heat today is making everything look rather wilted but this is our Jap pumpkin, flowering profusely already, the cucumber & snow peas & the watermelon all tangling together.
Then they moved to the front & Dino put in some star pickets to hold the steel mesh [leftovers from our footings & doing nothing except rust away] for a grape vine. This is Liddy's baby too. In the heat only the corn & basil is doing any good in this bed. The celery is just about done & I am constantly dead~heading the basil, which just wants to run to seed. After a good start the tomatoes are rebelling & I'm not sure we'll keep them through the heat. The corn is heading up & fairly pest free. Between the house & the pumpkin vine I have the last of the cabbages, silverbeet & beans, all doing well.

We are making the most of the garden while we have it. Between the storms, the threat of cyclones & the heat we are likely to lose everything in one foul swoop this year which would be a pity as we are picking everyday & getting enough for a meal for 5 of us. This makes a huge dent in our grocery bill so is worth the time & trouble to keep it going. Luckily my big ones learnt early how to keep my garden up & running as they will be responsible for it over the next few weeks while Ditz does her *star* thing & I act as chauffeur.
For all things produced in a garden, whether of salads or fruits, a poor man will eat better that has one of his own, than a rich man that has none.- J. C. Loudoun


MamaOlive said...

Beautiful gardens. So I notice there's a plot for sale... Oh well, I don't think our families would be too excited if we moved under. :-(

molytail said...

That's a for sale sign? fast can I change our plane tickets and snag hubby a new job... *grin*

Whatever that metal mesh thing is that he's looking at in the top photo - it looks almost exactly like the top portion of a homemade rat cage that I used to have. (We had two pet rats for a couple of years) ..

Beautiful green growing stuff! :-D

Ganeida said...

lol, lots of blocks for sale, ladies. No need to squabble over this one.

Moly, that is a pretty good guess! It's a crab pot! ROFL. Pretty much does the same sort of job! He was mending pots & baiting them up before puting them out on the mud flats.

Happy Elf Mom (Christine) said...

Love the garden. And the fruit quote LOL! Here we're starting to freeze our tushies off.