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Phase one of having access to water on the land… Flop.

We’re digging the already existent water mine deeper and broader. This mine serves us well during the wet season, except… In dry years. Like the current. Because it’s March, the “wet season” just ended and the water mine is purely and pristinely empty. Dry. Draught. * caugh caugh* climate change

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So here we are now, with a massive crater four times bigger than the orginal water mine, with piles of tons of earth to do something with and more stone walls to build to contain… Well… this, with no water, not even the remaining few hundred liters that were left inside which I was using for watering the garden, and a broken heart (the wallet is complainig too).

Not sure what to do with the garden at the moment, which I was really excited about for this year.

I guess we’ll jump on to plan B soon.

The garden in March

March has came (and almost gone by now) and the garden is waking up from its winter slumber.

Spring’s warmth is upon us, a bit earlier than expected. After a very dry winter, Spring hasn’t yet started making up for it and we are eagerly waiting for the first showers. Feels crazy to water the garden so early in the year, but really there is no other choice - besides watering and hoping for a wet Spring, like last year’s.
Thank goodness global warming is just an oax, or I’d start getting worried.


Here’s a little update of what’s been going on among soil and seeds, and water cans.

Sowing & planting:

  • Zucchinis, Golden Zucchinnis and Patty Pans

  • Cucumbers (a special variety for pickling)

  • Beneficial flowers, such as borage, calendula, foxgloves, holly hock, poppies, nasturtium, equinacea, cosmos

  • Extra Dwarf Pak Choi

  • Mustard

  • Spinach

  • Different varieties of tomato (a local variety, Green Zebra, Orange, Black Cherry, Brad’s Atomic Grape, Purple Bumblebee)

  • Orange Bell Peppers

  • Climbing beans ( loval variety and Chinese Red Noodle)

  • Red Okra

  • Purple Physalis

  • Radishes

  • Carrots

  • Beetrots

  • Artichoke

  • Cardoons

    probably more things which I’m forgetting!

Harvesting:

  • Pea pods

  • Chicory and winter lettuce

  • MIner’s lettuce

  • Edible flowers such as calendula and pansies

  • Mizuna

  • Sprouting brassicas

  • Tiny leeks

    mostly salads, as you can see…

Soon we will start harvesting broad beans and carrots, hopefully!

I’m keeping the garden humble this year - if we run out of water again, as we usually do in the peak of summer, it will be less heartbreaking. I also tried hard to start my seeds early in the year (or as early as thin-plastic sheet covered seed trays allow, which is mid February), so they enjoy as much humidity as possible before watering season starts (kind of flop because it’s not raining)…

But all in all, all is good. And we’re looking to have our water situation sorted out this Spring, but I don’t want to jynx it so I’ll keep a secret until it’s done and certain :)

Happy Spring, everyone!

How are your gardens doing?

Lead

Here is a story
to break your heart.
Are you willing?
This winter
the loons came to our harbor
and died, one by one,
of nothing we could see.
A friend told me
of one on the shore
that lifted its head and opened
the elegant beak and cried out
in the long, sweet savoring of its life
which, if you have heard it,
you know is a sacred thing,
and for which, if you have not heard it,
you had better hurry to where
they still sing.
And, believe me, tell no one
just where that is.
The next morning
this loon, speckled
and iridescente and with a plan
to fly home
to some hidden lake,
was dead on the shore.
I tell you this
to break your heart,
by which I mean only
that I break open and never close again
to the rest of the world.

Mary Oliver (in New Poems, 2004 - 2005)

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