Winter Garden in Nizwa

The scorching heat makes it impossible to grow anything in summer but the cooler temperatures and the occasional rain allow for a garden in winter. I have to admit that thinking about planting a garden is quite easy. The difficult part is actually getting started because with the heat and long work days I lack the motivation and initiative to prepare the soil after work. At one point, I considered hiring a laborer to pull out the weeds, dig up the soil, mix in the new earth, prepare the rows and sow the seeds.

In the end, I forced myself to get up at 5 o’clock on the weekend so that I could prepare my garden for planting. I started with a small space that was full of weeds, garbage, rocks and sand.

Is this really a garden?

Is this really a garden?

After about five minutes I made a new friend – an adorable little kitty that I discovered hiding amongst the overgrown water spinach.

What should I do with this little kitten?

What should I do with this little kitten?

I  used a small shovel, a broken rake and a garden tool to remove the weeds and rocks. This took much longer that I expected because that silly kitten didn’t want to leave its shady patch of weeds.

What a mess!

What a mess!

Eventually my garden was empty and I felt like calling it a day as the sun was making its way around to the garden. 

Almost finished.

Almost finished.

However, I forged on by making a long row for lettuce and four smaller rows for tomatoes and bell peppers. I used some homemade compost and potting soil that I bought at the local nursery for each row. I also kept a small area near the wall for cucumbers.

The garden is ready for sowing seeds.

The garden is ready for sowing seeds.

My colleague gave me some organic seeds that he brought back from Australia and I hope these will be suitable for the local climate.

After preparing the main garden I decided that to do something with this mess in the yard.

With a little work this could be a garden.

With a little work this could be a garden.

So, the next day I cleaned up the mess by moving the cement blocks to the side of the fence and tearing out all the dead plants and weeds. After about an hour I took a short break and when I returned someone was waiting for me.

Are you making a sandbox for me?

Are you making a sandbox for me?

The kitten might think that this is a sandbox but it is going to be my watermelon garden.

Going to try and grow watermelons here.

Going to try to grow watermelons here.

When it cools off a bit I am going to carry the cement blocks to the roof and use them along with a couple of wood pallets that I found near the garbage dumpster to make a table and bench so that I can relax and enjoy fresh watermelons in the evening after work.

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