A Winter’s Day

The sun is shining and I’m out in the backgarden despite a wind off the snow that is of a nails scraping on a blackboard chill*. After a week of more than 50 millimetres of rain, worries about termites and being stuck in the house I’ll take any chance to get out.

I figure the chooks could also do with a leg stretch so they are out in their annex digging through to another continent. Their main yard is a quagmire.

The 'girls' out in their annex
The ‘girls’ out in their annex

I’ve put the veggie scraps in the compost bin and spend a bracing 5 minutes scrubbing the compost bucket out. I still need to let the wind blast the stale air out of the house so I go into the polyhouse to check on how our plants are surviving.

chillies drying from the roof, some borage in need of a feed with some minerals and our native plants waiting to get into that garden I can't dig.
chillies drying from the roof, some borage in need of a feed with some minerals and our native plants waiting to get into that garden I can’t dig.

It’s looking pretty good and the sun is warming in the slight protection of the plastic sheeting. TB is working really hard to get some of our tender plants through the Canberra winter. He’s succeeding. Some of our chillies, the Vietnamese mint and lemongrass are alive and doing quite well.

Looking through the lemongrass to the Vietnamese mint and chilli plant
Looking through the lemongrass to the Vietnamese mint and chilli plant

His most daring experiment are a bunch of eggplants that are still outside in a large pot, which is carefully covered every night against the frost. His goal is to get the plants safely through winter so he can re-plant them once the frost has passed to get fruit earlier than we can from younger plants. We’ll see.

*PS on the weather report tonight I heard that our ‘apparent’ daytime maximum today was 1.3 degrees celsius.

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