They say that up here you shouldn't plant anything out until after Melbourne Cup Day (first Tuesday in November) because frost free nights are not guaranteed prior to that date. Tish! I can't wait that long. We have a short enough growing season as it is. But I will likely wait until mid October for the most vulnerable of my sowing items.
My garden has been prepared for its second season for a few weeks now. So, how are things going? Here is a bit of a review.
I have noticed that there are a greater number of birds visiting my garden this year. Two pairs of Kookaburra spend some of their daily hunting time here now whereas I only really got to hear them in the area previously. Of course there are the ubiquitous magpies and also a pair of what I think may be wattle birds. I have also noticed a pair of Corrawong. My favourites are the friendly and cheeky Rosellas, a few of which will actually take food out of my hand. All of the birds, even the similarly sized Corrawong, are intimidated by the Magpies, and they all of course scatter noisily when the Wedge-tailed Eagles fly over the gully. My garden is now teeming with life at ground level, and the birds love it. I too love them all for the good work that they do in maintaining nature's balance and for the little packages of garden beneficial nutrients they leave behind during each visit.
Another survivor is my celery, which only produced quite thin stalks last year but new growth is looking much better now, even though snails appear to have been a problem for them over winter. I am glad that I didn't pull them out earlier.
I am very pleased with how most of the herbs in my spiral planting have survived winter frosts and are now flourishing. A few did not survive but at least I now know which ones require a little special care and replacements perhaps should be planted in a better sheltered area.
I did put a few Yacon rhizome cut-offs in there but they are not showing, yet, he says hopefully. I separated my Yacon rhizome into about ten cuttings, each of which looked, to me, as though they might make it on their own. We will have to wait and see. They are planted in various parts of the garden.
I am nothing if not an experimenter and new idea follower.
AddendumI took the above photo snaps a few days ago. This afternoon I went out again with my camera and found a few surprises.
This is a Sturmer Pippin apple with some unexpected blossom. Ok, I know my plants are currently very small but they have only been in the ground for a short time. Less than a year, and in some cases only a couple of months. So, after Winter, it gives me great joy to see them doing something special.