I have mentioned that I love gardening and one of the pleasures I get from house sitting is to see and learn from other peoples gardens. Every one is different, every one is a joy to look after.
Now this garden is probably one of the most challenging. Being so close to the ocean the soil is pure sand. I’ve mentioned the strong winds (see my previous post here about the leaning trees) Great for wind surfers and sky divers, but plants hate the strong, sand ladened winds. To top it off it is a very dry climate. I don’t know when they last had a decent rain here, but of the 3 large rain water storage tanks only one has a small amount of water left in it.
Naomi also loves gardening, she likes to grow her own organic vegetables and being a very resourceful person she has installed old corrugated water tanks and created raised beds.
, Come for a look round
Gardening in the round
This summer has been exceptionally hot and dry and at the moment not many veggies have survived, with the exception of chilli bushes, lots of them, lemon grass and a few other herbs. Before Naomi left she scattered seeds around. The weather should be getting cooler and normally some rain arrives during the winter months. But so far it has just been clear blue skies, sun and relentless wind. I water the raised garden beds each evening and amazingly seeds are popping up every where. At this point I can’t identify them so treat them all with loving care.
Can you see the beans? look carefully and you will see the Indian Ocean…
A couple of the beds are still empty so on Sunday at the markets when we came across a delightful bloke called “Freddie Fresh” who specialises in seedlings of all sorts we bought some lettuce, basil and 2 tomato plants. That evening, when the heat had gone out of the day we carefully planted them. First digging a large hole, incorporating compost and soaking the area before tenderly bedding them in.
Mescalin and cos lettuce with an existing plant of eggplant. A very healthy dragon fruit is climbing the trellis
Have you ever tried Dragon fruit? They are delicious and this plant is laden with them. I hope they ripen soon.
More lettuce and basil, with the tomato planted against the back pole
They are all going to need more help if they are to survive the 30c+ temperature of the sun. These beds are in the full sun. So to give them a helping hand until they have settled in we searched around and found some shade cloth that Jack put up.
Happy in the shade
Just a temporary measure till the temperatures cool down.
Maybe doesn’t look very attractive, but it should do the job
Follow me around the side of the house.
The side garden. Can you see the Huge spider web? Lets take a closer look…
As I said before this house is built on sand and the back of the garden is a large sand-hill. Naomi has come up with a clever solution. Using old tractor tyres that she has sourced from a tyre firm in town, collecting them in a trailer, pulled by Troopy, then, one by one, rolling them into place. (Go here to read about Naomi’s hard labour in creating this monument.)
This is finally taking shape, “the great wall of Drummond’s”
First roll the tyres into place
Rendering comes next
Still a lot more to do. The hole in the sand is going to be a pond with a waterfall cascading into it.
I feel tired just thinking about all the work.
So let’s go back up to the deck to watch the sun set.
The garden shows a collection of Naomi’s interests.
Looking out to the west the setting sun lights the deck in a golden glow
Have a glass of wine and watch the sun set
The inspiration for this post has come from Sue of “A word in your ear” this week her challenge has been the word “ROUND” that has popped up from her dictionary.
I hope you have enjoyed this walk with me around the garden.