Raining, pouring – will the seedlings get up in the morning?

It’s been raining, and raining, and raining here the last few days – and this is meant to be the dry season!  I’m starting to wonder what the wet season will be like – eek.

We were warned the rainfall was very high in this area – and they weren’t wrong!  But I figure you don’t get green rolling hills without rain.  And thankfully during the day there have been enough dry spells that I’ve still been able to get out and do a few things.

Speaking of which, here’s our very first raised garden bed:

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Not that you can see from the photo above, but the mulch is actually parted in six rows where we’ve sowed a variety of seeds.

I couldn’t help but laugh; when I planted the seeds I took careful note of the advice on the back of the seed packet stating that the seeds should not be watered until the seedlings emerged – of course the very next day the clouds opened up and have proceeded to dump rain by the bucketload ever since.  I guess we’ll find out if the seedlings survive without succumbing to some rain-induced fungus or other.

Over the weekend I started constructing an enclosure for the raised bed to keep all the cute and cuddly wildlife out (hopefully!) so it no longer looks quite so pretty.  I’ll put up some pics and descriptions of my seriously over-planned, over engineered vegetable enclosure once I finish constructing it – hopefully sometime before the year 2020!  Like all building projects (or at least, all of my building projects), it’s gone over budget and over schedule 🙂

And finally, the weekend brought a visit from one of our wonderful family members, who came bearing these beautiful herbs from a thoughtful friend who’d propagated them as a gift for our new farm; two pots of garlic chives and one pot of mint.

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Looking at those brightly coloured pots of herbs, I can’t help but be amazed by how generous people can be.

The sky may be grey, but there’s a lot to be happy about here on the farm.

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