Sunday, July 30, 2017

The end of July

Now spring can begin, I declare it so! The days are certainly a little longer with the shadow line retreating slowly to release more garden for planting. I have trimmed the top of the hedge to allow a bit more light in as well, garden beds that have had no sun are suddenly bathed in it, for an hour or two anyway. I have planted another six cauliflower seedling as the last lot were wonderfully successful. The tender stem broccoli have been good so far and continue to supply a weekly treat, as are the flat peas, a staple for our stir fries at the moment. Today we planted a dozen jersey benne seed potatoes all into container, one lot in a purpose bought potato bag, the rest into largish buckets, it will be most interesting to see what we get. The idea is to use fresh soil so that we get no diseases from previous attempts.

Freshly planted cauliflower seedling with the tender stem broccoli

buckets with jersey benne seed potatoes near spring onions, lettuce, broccoli, carrot seedlings, Florence fennel and rocket

Lettuce, beet root, flat peas and broad beans

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Heading for the shortest day

June the 26th is the day, after that we get longer days and start heading to Spring, can't wait. Though we have only had one morning with ice on the car so far, mustn't grumble :)
The vegetable patch still looks pretty full, we have sugar snap peas, broad beans, cauliflower and tenderstem broccoli as well as some capsicums and chilies, beetroot and fennel bulbs, lettuce and rocket

Shy cauliflower hiding amongst it's protective leaves
Sugar snap pea plant

Cauliflower and broccoli patch with large leaf rocket on the left

Broccoli heads starting to get bigger

Still getting redder

Great harvest of red goodness

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Seriuos farming

We have a worm farm as of yesterday, since we couldn't put our kitchen scraps on the compost heap because a couple of rats thought it was just for them. We decided to get a worm farm. A 'Can O Worms' worm farm to be exact, a local supplier dropped off the plastic farm with an ice cream container of worms. A whole new learning curve of course, keeping several thousand compost worms happy :) The theory is you get 'worm tea' as well as the worm castings that are great for everything that grows.

Can O Worms worm farm all ready to go

A circle of black plastic under a circle of old coffee sack to keep the whole thing moist

Worms in situ ready to do their magic

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