I have been getting more and more anxious about the state of my garden in recent weeks as I have known that if I could not find the time to begin to get it under control then it would get away from me as the spring advanced. There is nothing like a few warm days on top of the rain for a forest of weeds to become established. So last weekend I took to it in earnest. First I had to get the watering can in action to feed all of my citrus with chelated iron to bring them back to deep green health rather than the yellowish tinges they are beginning to show.
Then I manured my vegetable boxes and planted carrots and silver beet in one with rhubarb in one corner. I had finished and was about to move on when a blackbird turned up to scratch everything out and so I had to resort to the netting until the plants get established.
In the other I put in some coriander and had a moment or two to eat some cape gooseberries straight from the plant. It is such a great feeling to pluck a fruit from a plant and eat it right there and then. This fruit is new to me as I only planted it last year but I am really enjoying it.
Next it was the raspberry canes that needed to have the old dead canes removed, plants fed and tied up ready for maximum bearing. I do love fresh raspberries and in Tasmania we have just the right conditions for them.
I also took to the oreganos and thymes that I am growing as a ground cover and trimmed them all down to about four centimetres so that they will grow vigorously without lots of old dead wood underneath. At the same time I hacked at the cape ivy, banana passionfuit and blackberry canes that are sprouting from the neglected paddock next door and sending large runners over into my garden.
With the invasion thwarted I had to give up as I am so unfit that I could feel the weekend’s work having a big effect but I feel so much better because now I know that everything is fed and under sufficient control to allow me to deal with the rest in due course.
I sat down with a cup of tea in full view of the pots of tulips and hyacinths just beginning to flower and felt a great sense of satisfaction in spite of the aching limbs.