Quite a bit of December was spent indoors enjoying the rain. Heavy storms some days and lovely drizzle others. All up I think there was only 10 days in December that we didn't register any rainfall. Which was a surprise as the predictions were for a very dry summer. I know that other places even places that aren't too far away didn't fair so well as far as rain goes and I'm really sorry about that because things are dire in parts of our country.
The rain coupled with the heady, whirlwind of activities that's associated with the end of year and summer holiday time means that weeding went on the backburner last month and the garden looks like a jungle.
The pumpkin vines, in particular the self-sown ones, are taking over, relishing the rainfall. They grow measurably everyday as do the pumpkins that are on the vines.
It may be looking overgrown right now but it is in fact the way I prefer to garden anyway. Barely a bare piece of earth to see. The weeds in the raised beds get smothered out by the wanted plants. Except for the rampant kikuyu which could outcompete almost anything.
Not necessarily a part of the garden but very much a big part of its success, the bees have been busy. Two supers worth of honey this week and lots of lovely wax to use.
Not a long list of things going in the ground in January. Perhaps just pop some carrots and beetroot or beans in when I find a space (that means when I clear a spot of weeds).
Having said that I most likely will plant more than that as usual.
Waiting on pumpkins. They are a long way off yet but the promise of the autumn harvest is so good.
- water when necessary
- enjoy the bounty
- preserve the bounty
- try to mow the grass (it's too wet)
Garden Share Collective is a group of bloggers who share their vegetable patches, container gardens and the herbs they grow on their window sills. Creating a monthly community to navigate through any garden troubles and to rival in the success of a good harvest we will nurture any beginner gardener to flourish. Each month we set ourselves a few tasks to complete by the next month, this gives us a little push to getting closer to picking and harvesting. The long-term goal of the Garden Share Collective is to get more and more people gardening and growing clean food organically and sustainably.
The Garden Share Collective runs on the first Monday of each Month