Showing posts from February, 2010


It has been interesting to see what survived our long, hot, dry spell. I pretty much gave up on the vegetable garden but did keep one little thickly planted plot of tomatoes, eggplants and capsicums going. We put shade cloth on a frame around them to protect them from the heat and the wind. they grew quite well with a minimum amount of water and already we have picked quite a few tomatoes and eggplants. They are a mix of heirloom varieties that I grew from seed. I had every intention of planting them out carefully and noticing which ones did better etc. but in the end we just chucked them all in, so I don't know what is what. There are some mini roma tomatoes and some that are about golf ball size that are very tasty. I have grown eggplants every year with poor results but so far they are doing well.

Remarkably the ones that I didn't water at all have come good after the rain as well.
Two of the trombocino vines are also growing well again.
I was also pleased to see that a couple…

Water in the dam

We have had good rain two weeks in a row. 48 mls Friday week ago and then 20 mls last Friday followed by 50 mls on Saturday. This is by far the best rainfall we have had since we moved here almost four years ago.
All the rainwater tanks are full and Peter had filled the dam water tanks with rainwater as well as the tanks were just running over.
the dam has gone from this

To thisAngus thinks he might even go for a swim!Obviously there is still a long way to go until the dam is full but it has been a very welcome break in the weather and it will be interesting to see how the garden grows now.