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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's Knot 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.

Mrs. C said...

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