Monday, March 2, 2015

The good, the bad and the dry

So, still no rain to break this drought.

The only part of our property that is green is the immediate piece of lawn directly by our veranda, and this is only because we water it every day from our washing machine.

There are "oasis" of green around the poor orchard trees.  They have some mulch around the base, and then we water deeply at least once a week.  
Our rainwater tanks are dry, and we have to be very careful what we do with the water that comes from the council, every drop is counted!

Things that are doing well in the heat and the dry are the pumpkins, lemons, basil and lemongrass.

This particular lemon tree is looking very promising

Harvesting now: Basil, Tomatoes, Pumpkins, Boysenberries, Carrots, Lettuces

Jobs to do: Plant winter brassicas as soon as the weather cools down a bit, perhaps under a shade cloche

Planting now: Lettuces

This is my Garden Share Collective post for March, you can see some of the wonderful gardens and produce here:


  1. I hope that you get some good rain soon. You have some lovely pumpkins there Anna and lemons are always a huge bonus. I hope that you have a great Autumn in the garden.

  2. If only I could send you a few 100mm of rain, your place desperately needs it and I am over it. When we go through drought I catch all the water I can from the washing up to even the shower water to throw about the place. Fingers crossed a big rain cloud is coming your way.

  3. I have my fingers crossed that you get some rain soon! So very dry. And I have been grizzling in Auckland. Flash looking pumpkin :)

  4. Fingers crossed for some rain - your garden looks like it is doing well - though I imagine you are putting lots of work in to keep it going despite the lack of rain!

  5. Your poor garden. We had grass like that last summer after temperatures of more than 40 for over 2 months and no rain for even longer. This summer has been the opposite, well still hot, but pretty wet!!

  6. Hey Anna, how do you always grow pumpkins. Mine have not liked the drought and went yellow and died