Finally, we have completed our greenhouse. It has been a long time coming. We bought the corrugated plastic sheets to convert part of our shed over a year ago, installed a couple last November and then spent our time ever since finding other projects that simply had to be done first. To be fair, it was an absolutely painful job, but I now have a fabulous sunny greenhouse for all of the plants that don’t take well to our weather conditions. So far, I have put in a couple of new half blue-barrel flooded beds, filled some raised beds and placed some potted vegetables and herbs in there. Notably, I am trying to grow sage for the 5th time. All previous efforts outside failed due to the rain, but I am hoping 6th time lucky!
Our baby goats Sam and Dean also went to work with Graham to be castrated and (after a great deal of consideration) dehorned. They were placed under anaesthesia for both procedures and everything went without a hitch. They were also apparently spoilt rotten by Grahams colleagues. The boys arrived home with only one concern…FOOD!! They missed feeds while they were asleep so apparently felt it was my job to make up for that. Their heads now look a bit like giant American plug sockets, but I’m sure the hair will grow back in over them soon. Soon after the op they began sleeping in the shed at night rather than coming into the house, the weather is warming up and soon they will move outside full time.
We visited a local country market at the weekend and I picked up a few new herbs and plants, including a Soursop Annona muricata, mother of herbs, St Johns wort, and a bush tucker tree called a native apricot Pittosporum angustifolium.
Over the next week we will be working on the garden and preparing for spring planting, but there is evidence that one of our cassowaries is hanging around the garden again, so we will need to make sure everything we want to eat is behind some serious fencing. I have learnt from bitter experience that having a cassowary get into your tomato area is literally akin to feeding an elephant, strawberries!