Recently we planted Perpetual Spinach which has turned out to be not so 'perpetual' after all as another one of our local pests has been chomping on it. The CEO said it may have been a hare or a rabbit as, according to the TV news, the latter are becoming a problem in Queensland once again.
Also the Dinosaur Kale is looking a bit the worse for wear as it is also being eaten but I can't find any caterpillars on it so am not sure what its problem is. I have planted my Landcress ( Barbarea vulgaris) seeds from Eden Seeds and am hoping that they will help to deter the caterpillars that like to chomp on all my brassicas.
Strangely enough the Red Russian Kale is untouched by pests and is looking good.
We have yet another new Tamarillo tree which some kind bird must have helped to propagate. I am hoping that Blinky from The Herb Barrow will be able to help out with a sugar free recipe to use these up before the flying foxes find them.
I really need to read about how to use Arrowroot as it growing quite prolifically at the moment.
We don't plant tomatoes here as we have heaps of them which come up by themselves every year and, as they are so small, I have been freezing them until I have enough to make up a batch of tomato sauce. I got this idea from The Organised Castle. Fairy also has a recipe there for tomato paste.
The dahlias have just about finished flowering. The CEO is a bit disappointed with the colours this year as he 'lost' some bulbs that he grew last year and which were stunningly beautiful. He has no idea where he put them. Still... some of the varieties that did grow this year were also quite beautiful. There isn't a lot growing in the garden at the moment as the CEO hasn't felt up to maintaining it the last few months and there is only so much I can do myself.
I have been challenging myself to try and improve my knitting and crochet skills and recently found an interesting pattern for 'The Almost Lost Washcloth Pattern'. You will have to check out the website to find out why it was called that :-) I am making a Mini version using this pattern.
However I am just going to make a little coaster out of it. This pattern was a bit of a learning curve for me as I had never heard of 'knit back'/flip before but I think I am getting the hang of it. Obviously there were a few more beginner knitters who were having trouble too and mentioned that in the comments as later on a more detailed tutorial was done which is very helpful.
I also made a jam pot cover from a pattern in a lovely book from the local library called 'Cute and Easy Crochet' by Nicki Trench. I think I made the larger version and it was too big for a jam bottle so I put it on a medium Moccona bottle but it looks a bit like a pimple on a pumpkin. LOL! Anyhow, I was quite happy that I had actually finished it by the end of March.
So, that is it for March. The cooler weather has arrived at long last and we are back to our normal autumn cool mornings and evenings and warm days. Hopefully there won't be any more heatwaves to endure. They are harder to cope with once you get up in years. Only one more month till I see my little grandchildren. 31 more sleeps...but who's counting :-)