Thursday, November 3, 2011

SOWING NOT SEWING (18 and 19 down)

(Here we are sharing/counting UP Forty Days and Forty Nights of our lives, our last on the inner-west side of town and, eventually, some of our first on the other (far) side of town, where we envisage some big changes coming our way. Thanks for joining us as we remember, celebrate and experience gratitude for our time here, and sometimes feel completely overwhelmed and exhausted by the changes underway!)

With Spring being as unpredictable as only Spring knows how to be, we've had plenty of opportunities for home-based activities. We so enjoy the warm, rainy days of Spring that encourage us to plan for our Summer garden and allow short spurts of planting/preparing (between rain showers!). Dada/D particularly loves the storms and the soft fall of Spring rain that we've experiened on and off over the past few days. He says it takes him back to the West Coast and I have to say that I often feel the same way. All this rain has us thinking about our next trip, which given we've just bought a new house, might not happen as quickly as we'd like but, that's okay (sort of!).

We're starting to reap the rewards of some early Spring planting with an abundance of rocket, celery and all manner of herbs filling the garden but this November, with the move fast approaching, there's not much point planting in the garden beds themselves. 

So, we've taken to sowing seeds in portable trays, thanks to the inpiration of friends who gave Rafael some butternut pumpkin seeds, some soil mixture, a spade and a seedling tray for his birthday. I've wanted to plant from seed for some time now but, with only a small area to work in and pesky blackbirds likely to eat the seeds, we've always opted for seedlings.  Our current garden beds that are soon to be dwarfed by more space than we've had in years so we expanded our seed stock and planted away! We're now watching and waiting excitedly for zucchini, corn, tomato (in addition to what we've already planted to pots), lettuce and butternut pumpkin. Wish us luck on our first adventure with seeds! (actually, we've never grown corn or butternut pumpkin from anything - not in our own yard anyhow, only in the big vegie gardens of our parent's homes).

At times over the past week, even the seed trays have needed to come inside for planting on the ground near the back door but it won't be long before Summer hits and we're constantly drawn outside, which we imagine that will be even more the case at the new place, or inside to escape the extreme heat. So really, we haven't minded these moments of indoor time and today, we were able to share it with friends!

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