Oh the rain!
The sky really let us have it over the weekend with hundreds of millimetres falling over a few hours.
Most of the bridges flooded and many locals were stuck in their homes for a while. The water's starting to go down now, but everything looks like it's taken a bit of a battering!
I had just managed to get my garden planted up before the crazy storm hit. It's mostly ready for the cold season ahead. I'm a little behind, but better late than never right?
The rain once again made me grateful for my raised beds and the drainage they create. Everything fared pretty well considering the pounding it took. And my paddocks might be a boggy mess, but my garden isn't!
So far I'm having my "bug-iest" start to autumn ever. Some type of unknown big brown (what I think might be a moth?) caterpillar has been devouring just about everything. I've also had a return of cutworms again as well. The snails and slugs have been building up over the wet summer we've had and I'm picking them off like crazy every time I go out there.
I really hope the bugs settle down soon, or I may not end up with much to eat out there. Hopefully the cooler weather will slow them down a bit!
There are just a couple of things left finishing up from summer. Some beans and the basil. The beans are just about ready to pull up, but I was hoping for a few last stragglers before it gets too cold for them.
I've just finished replanting the strawberries. It's always such a big job, and I don't love it, but you really are rewarded for getting it done. I've collected the new runners from the old plants- just concentrating on my 2 favourite varieties this year. Spacing them out with some fresh manure and compost should hopefully give us plenty of fruit in a few months time.
The new plantings for autumn are spinach (third times the charm right?), rainbow chard, perpetual spinach, 3 types of kale, broccoli, purple/red cabbages, carrots, beetroots, radishes, 4 different types of peas, garlic, leeks, shallots, spring onions, some red onions and plenty of herbs. I want to plant some more broccoli and cabbages, but they'll have to wait a few more weeks.
I just went back to see how that compared to this time last year. Goodness, I was definitely better organised last year wasn't I?!
Oh well, at least the plants are mostly in and I can watch it grow for a while now. Until then, I've got plenty of pretty flowers.
How are your gardens going? Are they all planted up for the new season ahead?