This month has zipped by, as has the year. The build is really showing the work now, and having Phil in a few days a week has really helped Colin push it along. The biggest section, the back of course, is showing its bones very nicely, even if hidden a bit by stuff at the moment.
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So, things are moving fast because we had to hire scaffolding for a month as the west corner and side is just way too high for ladders, and way too dangerous anyway. This breathtakingly expensive lot of metal certainly speeded things up, but needs to leave as soon as possible.
Garden-wise, finally pulled out the sweet peas, dear things. They were so very generous and gave me, and several neighbours and friends, a lot of pleasure. It looks a bit bare at the moment, but tomatoes are rocking up the trellis, as are beginning beans. The asparagus waves in the wind (of which we are still having way too much) and growing nicely along for some to pick next spring. My self control was enormous when it started and I did the right thing and picked not a one this first season. Planted beans, tomatoes, a butternut pumpkin in the hope that it doesn’t take over the world as Queensland Blues are prone to do, squash with variations and a couple of zucchini donated by neighbour Vicky. Lots of basil of course, for pesto, and a couple of eggplants, which I’ve not grown before, and sweet corn. The rhubarb is looking gorgeously red, but every garlic plant keeled over at the same time. All quite strange! Along the edges of the raised beds are spring onions at various stages, beetroot – second sowing as the first pickled lot is almost gone – radishes, lettuce and a just-in second sowing of carrots as those left from the first lot are going to seed – there’s only so many carrots two people and two neighbours can eat! The silverbeet I put in 6 months ago is still going strong, although some are showing signs of flowering/seeding, and the potatoes look like they will be dug very soon. Todays pick of strawberries – I’ve never had much luck before and realise why now – too little sun and too much water! They’re in full sun and only get a small direct watering every couple of days. They’re fruiting madly and I pick about 500 grams every two days.