Green outside. White inside. Isn’t that the wrong way round for winter…?
It’s white inside because I’m making the netting cages for the vegie beds, using white mosquito netting, which has a mind of its own. Which is putting it mildly. And it’s everywhere. I have one cage finished. It’s by way of being a test piece, to make sure the concept works. If it does the job once pulled down over the frame, I’ll repeat the process with the other two frames. We’ve rethought the tops of the cages. The aluminium frame we cut off is just too heavy to form the top of the cage and the whole arrangement just lurched around and was a bit unmanageable for a person of modest stature. Me, that is. The Husband was just fine with it, but as he’s not the gardener that wasn’t helpful. He’s very handy for the heavy lifting, though! Anyway, I digress. A $5 roll of garden hose, some cable ties and a pair of secateurs later, it was sorted.
And here’s the reason for all this labour. The babies are growing, and fast! They’re sweet, juicy and tender, and need protection from marauding everything. I have not done all this work to open the Grasshopper Juice Place, or the Fruit Bat Fruit Bar.
Remember, it’s early winter here. Undeterred, the vegies are powering ahead. We have flowers on the snow peas and flower buds appearing on the capsicums. The butter beans, green beans and tomatoes are twice the size they were when they went in.The rocket, bok choi and Chinese cabbage are looking great, the spinach is taking its time, the lettuces are not very happy, the strawberries are making a bid for world domination, and the wee rhubarb has sent out three new leaves on tiny slender ruby red stems.
Tomorrow I’m getting out the seed box to see what other goodies might still be waiting for a go in the raised bed.