Thankfully the middle month of winter is over, even though there is still quite a way to go until we start to warm up here. We have had many more frosts than usual this year and my fingers are crossed that the garden survives them. Most days, there is very little sunshine so the solar batteries aren’t getting topped up very much, which means that we are using the generator a bit more than usual.
Most of the garden is dormant for winter, so it looks fairly bare at the moment. As we have a country garden, our garden beds are quite large and weeding is a huge chore. To keep weeding to a minumum, I use my version of the no dig garden method. This entails spreading sheets of newspaper and layers of straw onto the garden beds, leaving a gap around the plants, so that water can get down to their roots. This usually needs topping up about every two years, depending on how thick the newspaper layer is.
This is what I have been mainly doing during July, so that the garden is weed free and ready in spring for further planting. Laying the newspaper and straw is a huge job, but worthwhile as it makes gardening easier in the long term.
Our other big job was to create a new vegetable garden. So far, it’s just been marked out and dug over, ready for soil improvers to be added over the next couple of weeks. By spring this bed will be ready for planting summer vegetables, such as tomatoes, capsicum and zucchinis.
I haven’t been doing any planting at all during July, except for some lettuce for the chooks. The chooks vege garden needs regular plantings to be added to keep up the huge supply and demand from our chooks.
Happily, we’ve had rain during July. However, the dam is still at a very low level
As is usual in winter, the chooks haven’t been laying much. However. The one or two eggs a day we’ve been getting have been enough to keep us going. I usually give cartons of eggs to my friends, but that has stopped over the past few weeks. Chooks need a long period of daylight each day to lay eggs. With the days being much shorter in winter, there are always very few eggs. But this will change in the spring, when we will probably be inundated again. We will be adding a couple of chooks to our flock in a couple of weeks.
August is the last month of winter, but September can be quite cold here also. So we have a little more cold weather to suffer through, before the joys of spring arrive