We have decided to call our market garden – Galenia Greens, which is quite appropriate as we are seeing more and more green leaves appearing as the seeds and seedlings that have been planted over the last few months respond to the warmer weather and abundant water coming off the Langeberg Mountains just behind us.
But it is not only planting that keeps us occupied – the hard landscaping has been quite a mission with very little topsoil and a lot of shale and rock. We have had to hire a jack-hammer to create planting spaces and to bring in additional top soil in order for our plants to thrive. The electric fence is complete and packs quite a punch, we think that any raiding baboons might get quite a ‘shock’ on their next visit. The pathways are now looking pristine with a good covering of apricot pips, the shade tunnels are now fixed and functional – one blew away in the high winds - and the hydroponics tunnel is in operation with salads and berries.
The fruit orchard has been planted with plums, peaches, apricots, figs, pears, apples, oranges, lemons and quinces so we will have quite a selection if they all settle in and enjoy our tender loving care. We have also planted soft fruits, strawberries, blackberries, gooseberries and blueberries – now we must think about nets to keep off the birds.
Our vegetables are coming on well and in fact we have harvested our first beetroots this week – it looks as though tomatoes will be next and then peas and beans – we are getting excited.