Spring in the backyard

At this time of year, there is so much happening in the garden it’s sometimes hard to keep up. I don’t like to miss out on anything interesting so every morning I do a quick tour, coffee cup in hand. Today, I took a few snapshots of this morning’s goings-on.

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The pond is now a regular watering hole for wild bees, honey bees and paper wasps. I can see the wasps pollinating the nearby passion fruit vine. Thanks to them, we have enjoyed a bumper crop over the last 4 months, picking 2 to 3 fruits everyday. The peach tree blossoms are covered with bees guaranteeing an abundant harvest this summer and plenty of preserved peaches over the winter months.

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More bees and beneficial flying insects hover around the native daisies. I remember planting these last autumn and it is amazing how fast they have grown and spread. There is a slight movement nearby and  I notice I am not alone.

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One of the local Magpies has joined me. She is very tame and hovers within a foot’s distance whenever there is freshly dug soil. I like worms too but don’t mind sharing. In return she keeps garden slugs under control – just another friendly ‘swap and share’.

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A little further, wild lettuce is going to seed. During winter, I uprooted a few plants from a neighbour’s verge and transplanted them in the garden. They are weed-like plants and that means there is no need to harvest, store and re- plant seeds or nurture and transplant seedlings. These pest-free plants will self-seed prolifically next autumn. Fresh, young leaves make a nutritious addition to soups, salads and stir-fries.

backyard 30 sept '14 021Wherever I turn to look there are spring blossoms– apple, apricot, orange, peach, plum, fig. I recall all the back breaking work preparing the soil to plant the young trees and an ancient quote about ‘reaping what you sow’. I know we often reap stuff we have not sown – bad stuff sown by others or just by plain bad luck – yet this sowing will bear fruit. There will be abundant, fresh-picked, free, organic fruit all summer long – more than enough to eat on the spot, preserve and share around.

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The citrus tree, covered in new blossoms, is still producing end of season, sweet, juicy fruit – endings and beginnings in shades of orange and white.

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Other edibles going to seed are Asian greens, lettuce, wild rocket, amaranth and parsley. I used to collect these seeds, store them over winter to re-plant in spring. Thanks to years of composting and zero chemical use, our soil is much improved and they now self-sow readily. It’s just a matter of pulling out the seedlings we don’t need and gifting them to fellow gardeners.

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Before I go, let’s take a quick look in the vegie patch.   There is silver beet, celery, parsley, lettuces, spring onions, garlic, leeks, broad beans, asparagus… It’s time to think about what to harvest for lunch.

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4 Responses to Spring in the backyard

  1. Madonna B. says:

    Wow that’s cute:-)

  2. Patrick .Calmels says:

    If the pond environment has not been ‘cycled’, read about the aquarium nitrogen cycle. Lots of information on this on the internet.

  3. Kate Davey says:

    That looks wonderful !!!

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