I would be so excited if I showed up at an AirBnB and got offered a beautiful ride! Sounds like great fun. And....this is the time of year when your description of your delicious fresh garden veggies starts to make me really
I am buying so many potatoes and canned tomatoes these days. Only 46 days until we put the clocks ahead and start thinking about things growing again!
I can imagine that it must feel like a drought. We usually have something from the garden year round. However, in our locality, cucurbits haven't done well these past two years. Yes, we only had 400mm of rain in 2019 and about 500mm in 2018 when we should have had 800mm, but it's more than that - since we do irrigate the vegetable garden. The temperatures have been too extreme - it's too cold at night, and too hot and windy during the day, for much to do well at the moment. Can you believe that for the past two years, and after being completely inundated by them year after year before that, I have been unable to get even a single zucchini plant to grow - and this year I tried starting them in the greenhouse, and the moment they were out, they were sulking and / or dying. One plant that's been out there for over six weeks hasn't gone beyond the six-leaf stage in all that time. It's really disconcerting.
The cucumbers were similarly difficult, and the pumpkins (apart from one volunteer pumpkin, God bless it, which has turned into a triffid and is carrying around 40 pumpkins, which we've started eating - crosses between Potimarron and Turk's Turban) - huge germination failure, including in the greenhouse; sickly plants once out, very few making it past being small plants. I finally got our first cucumber for the year off one of the two surviving cucumber plants, out of 30+ attempted. The plants are still quite small; normally they should be over-running the place.
The tomatoes have leaf and fruit diseases this year; around half of them are affected, and that's despite of the fact I grow them all from seed and didn't plant them in the same spots as last year - and we didn't have disease last year. I think this summer has been too cold for growing healthy cucurbits and tomatoes so far. Also the beans almost all died, this year, and that's after a winter where nearly all of our peas died as well.
The fruit is all a month late and the new nectarine tree has lost all its leaves and looks like it's dying. The established peach doesn't look happy either. The apricot was going to yield this year, but then all its tiny developing fruits froze in an ultra-late frost - it's an early variety.
Huge trouble germinating anything in the greenhouse in general, compared to "normal" conditions, so although the garden looks full, it's got lots of spent plants with nothing to take their place. Mind you, the celery is going really well this year, and the onions, and there are some
things to harvest, just not nearly as much variety or yield as normal.
I hope this pattern breaks and that things go back to normal... but they may not. Anyway, I wish you lots of success in your own upcoming growing season!
- wow you've been very busy! Love men's tennis as well! You have some wonderful reviews, that's awesome! And the ride was very generous of you. Love the pics.
Who do you think might win the Australian Open this year,
? I'm finding it hard to predict. I mean, possibly Djokovic again, but there's also a lot of young talent coming up. I kind of don't think Nadal or Federer will get it this year, just looking at their preliminary matches during the ATP Cup...
Re the ride - I really only do that with people where I think it's going to be a near-dead certainty of a good experience all-round, which is not too many, so it's fun for me too.
I feel really lucky to have such a horse and access to such lovely areas, and like to share it around a little. Especially because I know that it's going to be much better than the standard tourist horse ride experiences!
And if you're in a position to offer that, it would be sad not to do that from time to time.