April 20th, 2010
Autumn colours are at their best at the moment. I have not got around to that walk in amongst the tall autumn trees in the nearby hills as yet but it is high on my agenda as the autumn colour season passes so very quickly. But there is less time to garden in the evenings now. So that means most of the work outdoors must be done on the weekend. This leaves little time to get on with things, and there is so much to do!
I have been very busy emptying the compost bins and using the contents for mulching and digging in to improve my soil. Garden compost does the soil a power of good, and using it up at this time of the year makes room for more material, which is on its way, in the form of autumn leaves. Then the next batch of compost is ready for the spring!
My broad beans have started to come up! So my vege patch is not looking quite so bare. I will add a few garlic bulbs quite soon. It is nearly time to harvest what is left of my basil for it will not survive when the weather gets colder. I do this by having one last beautiful feast of pasta with my basil & cream sauce, served with, of course a lovely red. Then I take all the rest of the leaves & freeze in ice cube trays topped up with water. Then when I need some fresh basil over winter I have just to pop in a cube from the freezer. The next best thing really!
I have been having lots of birds visiting my garden lately, beautiful garden friends, garden birds are a joy. The little finches love to splash about in the little water bath I put out for them and I can watch them from my kitchen window. They are so cute, but don’t stay in the one spot for a quick picture, unlike the rosellas & parrots.
Any way I am off out to pick some basil, while I can.
Cheers, and happy gardening!