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Autumn 2012 - Diamond Days

Friday, 16 Mar 12 Cloudy 27°C / 81°F

What a beautiful day. Autumn would have to be my most productive and enjoyable time of year. The sun was out, the weather was warm and I had a list of things to do which was more than ambitious. To top all of that off, I had 4 extra helpers. Gardening is always more fun with friends and family.
The veggie garden is still very productive. The zucchinis are spacing themselves quite nicely. I seem to get two zucchinis every two weeks. The eggplants are slow and I am wondering whether this has to do with the with milder Summer experienced in Adelaide this year. The tomatoes (in particular, the Mighty Red) has been the success of Summer 2012. The romas have also been productive but their size has been on the smaller side compared to what I have seen at the green grocers. The capsicums are now fattening up and I should be harvesting them in a few more weeks. The chillis are in constant supply. I am not sure what else to do with them. I have already dried them, submerged them in olive oil and even minced them with garlic.
I have started planting seeds for my Winter crops such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale etc. I have yet to plant my root crops such as carrots, beetroot, swedes, turnips etc.
Since the removal of the very large gum tree close to the house, which resulted in my veggie patches being dismantled, I have been waiting for Autumn weather to get outside and shift the wood. This happened today when my brother and partner helped me. I now need to add a lot of organic compost (maybe mushroom) and get it ready for my seedlings.
I am hoping that our Autumn will be a very wet one. The nights are already getting quite cool so it is really the perfect time.
Everything is looking quite orderly and green. It really does bring a smile to my face to see the garden evolving season after season.
My next weekend will be taken up with planting the remainder of my rosemary strikings and last years bulbs and maybe planting of more seeds.
Luckily, the maintenance jobs were done today. It is always necessary for me to clean our outside areas from moss and algae. When it rains here, the walking surfaces are always so slippery.

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