…but once again they are predicting rain for the weekend. So I took leave yesterday and enjoyed some sun.
Observing: the pattern of sun on my garden. I haven’t been home on a fine morning in months, so I did some midwinter observations.
The sun gets onto the back part of my garden, farthest from the house, at about 9.15. By 9.35 nearly half is in sun. By 10am about 3/4 is in sun. The reamining 1/4 isn’t in full sun until about 11 or 11.30. Unfortunately, there was a bit of cloud later so I didn’t get an observation of when and how I lose the sun, but I think I lose it between 3.45 and 4pm. Not bad for a Wellington property in winter.
Careful site observation is one of the things I learned from permaculture. It is just common sense really, but since when has common sense been common?
Eating: garlic, celery, parsley
Tidying: the mess on my deck. It looks a lot better now.
Tipping out: the old potted tomatoes and potting mix. I often save potting mix, adding compost and slow-release fertilizer, then reusing it. It seems to work fine, but the tomatoes were in potting mix that was on its third time around, and now I have the garden more set up, I don’t plan to do tubs of spring bulbs or lots of tomatoes on the deck next summer. So I won’t use quite so much potting mix.
Disturbing: a fairly large weta who had made her home under one of my pots. She looked like she was having a bad day, but seemed none the worse for it. She waved her legs around for a few minutes trying to be scary then quietly crept off into the parsley jungle.
Waiting: to see just how bad the weekend weather is, and whether there is any chance of getting any gardening done.