I'm not sure where time flies to but it most certainly does fly by. My youngest started high school a couple of days ago and I think I'm still getting over her starting kindergarten in 2007. As for January 2014, it passed by in a blur or at least a heatwave. The end of the month brings around the time to share what's happening in vegetable patches all over the place via the Lizzie's Garden Share Collective. Lots to see and be inspired by.
This past month the garden has been very thirsty. I water everyday and sometimes I think some plants might need a second drink. It has just been that hot and dry. Then there are the days that a gusty hot wind comes along to complicate things a little bit more. Still I love my garden and the rewards it gives me far outweigh my input.
I really wasn't keen on planting in January because of the conditions but I just couldn't resist. So I planted some late corn. Normally I wouldn't plant corn seeds that late because we actually are in a cool zone and the winter comes hard. Given that it feels like winter will never eventuate, I popped in three rows of bantam corn which are growing quite nicely and germinated in record quick time. I do hope to get corn off them but if not, I'll chop them up for mulch or let the animals enjoy them whichever they won't go to waste.
|Golden Bantam corn|
The good thing about January is that it's the time when you start to see real results for the spring planting (in my garden anyway). Everyday we eat fresh from the garden and in fact most meals are decided based on what looks good in the garden at that time.
|Green Zebra tomato|
- extracting honey (the bees have been super busy this season)
- package honey
- process beeswax
- keep watering
- keep weeding
- no mowing, the lawn is brown
- make jams and pickles and sauces
- start off some seed trays of winter vegetables (believe it or not)
- hope for rain