Monday, March 27, 2017

Signs of impending wintery leanings

Leaves are turning orange and dropping from the forest pansy tree. It's darkish in the morning, winter's coming all too soon. The tenderstem broccoli seedlings have been planted, as have the silverbeets for a good supply for wintery shepherd's pies :)
I have been a busy Nigel building a garden shed, like big gnome's Lego almost. I must admit I did read all the instructions and watched a video before (yes indeed) I started. All went well, took a Saturday afternoon and some of Sunday to finish. I filled all the holes and gaps with expanding foam to stop things growing up through the floor and rats and mice getting in.. Then I lined the whole thing with sheets of plywood to give lots of wall to hang things from. It even has an LED battery light for urgent gardening in the dark. The shelves were from the old waterbed sides, what a good use for them.

Shed of wonder

Full of stuff

A home away from home  :)

The shed was a Duratuf GL65 bought from Mat and the helpful team from Mitre 10 Whakatane :)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March on

A whole new month, the end of  summer even, though cooler temperatures will be most welcome, the humid 26C days get a bit much after a while. I have torn out the large tomato plants, they were looking very bad indeed, basically a few twigs with fruit hanging off them. There are 4 or so sweet hundred plants just coming into production which will keep us happy for a while.
We have strongly growing cauliflower plants and a dozen strong seedlings of tender stem broccoli ( our favourite winter vegetable) Beans have sprouted and chilies and capsicum should start reddening up soon.
A non vegetable photo  :)

Grevilia flowers

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

First rain for a while

Lovely to have a nice day of gentle rain today, although we haven't had to water too much so far.
The bloody butcher tomato has finished as it was an early variety, the orange roma is still producing well and doesn't look too bad as yet. The supermarket seedlings are getting close to finally producing some cherry tomatoes and the Tabasco chilies are starting to form nicely.

Some arty garden photos from the last few weeks

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Here we go, into the future!
We were able to have both Christmas and New Year lunches in the garden, the weather was lovely :)

My early Bloody Butcher tomato has done it's thing, the tomatoes are now colouring up nicely and I'm pleased to report that they are indeed a sweet tasty tomato. Looking forward to seeing how the Roma ones stack up

Some snow peas and bloody Butcher tomatoes

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Tomato imposter!

I have an imposter in my garden, a shapely strong tomato plant that was s'posed to be a magnificent Black Krim is actually a pointy ended Roma, not a problem, they're great in the BBQ but disappointing none the less

Not Black Krims at all

The Black Butcher tomatoes are seemingly the right sort, they are an early type, they say taking eight weeks to harvest. I looked up when I planted them, 25/10/16, they have week to go

Bloody Butchers colouring up nicely
These ones were tied on strings with all laterals removed, my truss tomato is in a cage, in theory it can be let go to grow heaps of fruit. The plant does look very strong, it's about to outgrow it's cage any day :)\

Caged truss tomato

Weeds next to the vege patch, I spared them with the mower :)

Leaning to the light