One month on from the Christmas Day garden tour, the garden hangs on the brink of peak harvest and life in the bottling and pickling department up in the kitchen is beginning to overtake the frenetic activity in the garden these past few months.
Australia Day fell on Saturday 26th January, and the ever-pragmatic Australian government makes sure that we don’t miss out on our public holidays, time at the beach and barbeques with friends by giving us today (the following Monday) off work.
Where the Christmas Day view of the garden was pretty bleak, the passage of a mere month presents a wall of green foliage as cucumbers, basil, beetroot, tomatoes, eggplants, capsicums, zucchini, beans and melons all rise from the mulch along the drip lines to provide a semblance of reward for all those days spent raising seedlings, planting out and moving water.
In pride of place this week is the developing ‘cucumber wall’; the daily bucket of peaches and zucchinis will soon be joined by the daily bucket of cucumbers of all sorts.
So its a good time to have friends and work colleagues; we can swap away surplus for things that we don’t have.