So where's the snow?

Muddling through in Austria; God, life and a small black dog


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Garden Time – harvest begins

This weekend we harvested the peas, the latest we’ve ever done them, but a good crop.  Have to be positive.  The we checked the parsnips and carrots.  The mouse has eaten practically the lot. The picture above shows how they get eaten right away and our entire crop!  This spring I’m putting poison down and getting rid of the blighters.  Its either that or building raised beds at huge expense that they cant get in.  I rescued the last three parsnips and put them in pots.  Dave reckons they wont survive, but at least I’ve stopped the mice eating them!

The sweet corn seems to be growing well, and the broccoli is at last broccoling.  The broad beans are still flowering so I’m leaving them be as long as possible.   We sowed french beans instead of runner beans (not MY fault, I didn’t buy them), so that’ll be a change, they’re just coming in.   The courgettes were so overplanted (by me) that they’re too shaded and the yellow ones are rotting if I don’t pick them quick. The tomato story continues -Paggy has lost all his, he reckons its the switching between the very hot and then cold rainy weather that’s done it. I’ve still got to plant my pansies for next year -another experiment, and we’re going to take cuttings of our geraniums rather than store them in the cellar as they just dont look so good the second year.

Dave and I sat with a bottle of beer podding the peas on Saturday, in the sunshine on our swing seat. Contentment.


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Garden Time, hot, hot, hot

The freaky weather continues, with this long spell of really hot weather regularly 30 degrees with thunderstorms all around. Apparently its all to do with the Jet stream that has slipped down a bit giving the UK the horrible amount of rain they’ve been having, and it means we’re stuck with the hot air from the south.  We’ve got off lightly with damage from hail and rain, but in the fruit growing regions of Austria the damage to fruit and grain crops has been enormous. Still the 36 degrees we clocked one day isn’t normal.

The garden likes it though and the heat and rain has our courgette plants growing like Triffids, and a glut of cucumbers in the greenhouse. We’ve just harvested the first peas – sugar snap which you eat the lot and are much sweeter than Mange tout.  the first Courgettes are there and the Kohl rabi are ready.   I’m just so enjoying having the time to do all this, no more Burg!  In the greenhouse we have pea sized Tomatoes, nothing red, not so good.  We also planted an Okaido pumpkin, a red one which is quite sweet but great in stews, this is trying to take the place over, three times the size of its brother outside.  Of course the drip watering system Dave installed helps!

In the garden I tried sweet peas in a huge tub, with posts to grow y, but the cold spell held them back, I put in two packets, then another two when they didn’t germinate -result forest and no flowers yet!