Living on a farm and in a tropical region, certainly has it’s advantages, things grow! We moved in the last days of November. December was spent settling in and January we cleared our first beds and started planting vegetables.
No sooner did us plant vegetables or visitors started arriving and as beautiful as these may be they are unwelcome. First it was the geese; they ate all the cabbages and sweet potatoes. Next came the cows again eating the cabbages but also ate the tomatoes plants nibbling the entire plants. We erected fences and it was great fun teaching the boys how to pull wire! No you dirty minded creature we were erecting a fence and you pull the wire to get the fence up straight. At least the fence keeps the cows and geese at bay; however the monkeys soon discovered we grow baby marrows. Our marrows are sweet and taste better than a cucumber and delicious raw. Within 5 days the little marrows are the size of a butternut; but the monkeys do daily visits scaling the fence. The monkeys also love our gem-squash. We chase the monkeys off and resorted to picking the marrows on third day and then they are the size of an English cucumber and delicious.
As to ‘pulling wire’ modern ethnology helps; the old conventional wire puller was laborious, took time to fit and if you over-tightened the wire it snapped leaving you with the awkward job of trying to tie the wire that snapped and too short. Dean visited the local hardware and they certainly make ‘pulling wire’ simple! They sell gadgets, but this one you tie to the pole, thread the wire thru and a couple of turns with a size 10 spanner and the wire is pulled tight and your fence erected with ease. Moral of the story – come to the farm and we will teach you the pleasant way of pulling wire!
Our garden is still only to supply the kitchen but we are proud to say we grow beetroot, baby marrows, carrots, garlic, goose berries, herbs, lettuce, peas we just planted for winter, potatoes, rhubarb, spinach, spring onions, sweet potatoes and tomatoes. We do intend growing vegetables on a large scale however we must erect tunnels to protect veggies from monkeys. Tunnels are expensive to erect and we seek a sponsor!
The pictures below show some of our lekker goodies we produce
Sandile picking 3day old baby marrows, our carrots we planted 25th February and looking good and likewise the other vegetables
With the boys pulling wire and the vegetables growing we had time to focus on paperwork. Our lotto application we submitted however and very important our books had to be audited before we could submit our application and Lotto requirement is the auditors have to be registered. As a new home lacking money this was a huge problem and West Evans incorporated an auditing firm from Bedfordview came to our rescue doing the audit free of charge. They saved the day and did an excellent job and best they are quick and we proudly recommend them to anyone.
Our preparations for the golf day 14 May are also making good progress. It’s our fund raiser and we need more prizes, sponsorships and players! Outright donations also welcome.
We look forward to seeing all of you in Lydenburg on the 14th!