April was a strange month, in a good way though. We had about a week of rainy days, and cooler temperatures, but not too cold. The garden flourished! Suddently we have tomatoes, tromboncinos, chokos and asian greens and chickweed everywhere. The celery has even got nice thick stems. It is kind of sad to see this and know that we will get frost soon and the tomatoes, trombos, chokos, beans, rosellas and lettuce will all die, leaving only the hardy asian greens, silver beet, celery and broad beans. I planted some peas too, but I may have left that too late, as they won't survive a heavy frost either, but I couldn't have planted them any earlier with the heat wave we had in March. I've started to prepare for winter by rolling up the shade cloth around the sides of the garden to let more sun in, and moving sensitive plants into the carport. My plastic greenhouse, which has been so useful other winters, has now degraded and gone brittle, so I need to replace it, but I'm not sure about buying more plastic, knowing that it will only last a few years.
In May I expect to be weeding and removing the summer plants after the first frost. We should continue to harvest tomatoes from the hydroponics (I expect it to be more protected from frost as the water resevoir will hold some heat overnight, but we will soon find out if that theory is correct). We will have plenty of greens too.
|the garden is a bit messy at the moment|
|various self-seeded asian greens|
|peas that I planted too late|
|a brilliant large pak choy|
|tomatoes, better late than never I suppose|
|winter tarragon in flower|
|sneaky chickens eating the choko leaves (that rooster looks guilty right?)|
|black russians in the hydroponics, hurry up and ripen!|
|the harvest from the hydroponics so far, anyone would think it was summer here!|
How was your April? What are your garden plans for May?