Sunday, October 16, 2016

Middle October

Having to refrain from buying every tomato plant I see. I am heeding sage advice and leaving 'the planting'  for another week or so. By then I may have figured what sorts I want, a limit of 2, maybe 3 if they aren't all huge triffids.. So much choice, so little space. Same for chillis and all. I planted 26 dwarf green bean seeds as well as a good sprinkling of mesculin and rocket (own seeds). A punnet of mixed lettuce plants made the garden look sorted. Still picking tenderstem broccoli, I was about to rip them out but there is still new fresh growth coming so the get a reprieve :)

Broad beans are a most satisfying crop, the plants seem insect/disease proof, the beans are massive, and taste lovely steamed with a grate of nutmeg :)

Broad been bonanza

A good bag full
Checking my new lettuces

A red admiral butterfly on the Mexican orange blossom

The plum flowers I have been photographing are now baby plums

Thursday, September 29, 2016

End of September

and the beginning of daylight saving. Always nice when you get that extra hour at the end of a working day. Spring is happening all over the place, it's a pleasure seeing small things popping up and out of everything

The last of the cauliflowers is still being worked on, so nice grilled with a cheese sauce :)
Must grow more next winter, they were really successful

The broad beans are really coming into their own, we've been picking them young and steaming them but now they will be left to go large! :)

Broad beans are go

Yesterday's harvest, silver beet, florence fennel and tenderstem broccoli

The plum blossoms have almost all turned into tiny wee plums and all the 4 citrus trees are really starting to flower and form new growth

A bee beeing busy, the old flower at the bottom is showing a small green plum at the base

It has been quite wet the last week or so

Water drop in the fennel leaves

Dandelion detail, rainy days make you play indoors for a change

Back garden view

Sunday, August 28, 2016

End of August

Spring officially begins in September but it's definitely on it's way here already, buds are popping and there is a feeling of promise in the air :)

The shy cauliflowers have revealed themselves, lovely and pure white from hiding under their curving protective leaves. The tender stem broccoli are coming into their stride with daily picking of the tenderest bits. The blood and bone and sulphate of potash mix that I have been spreading about has made a noticeable difference.

First Cauliflower and broccoli bits

The plum tree is showing hints of white as the forest pansy is promising pink.

Moss growing on the edge of the birdbath

Classic Sunday

Sunday, July 3, 2016

First frost of the year

Yesterday it dipped to 0, this morning it was -1, Brrrr a bit crispy for old gnomes. Luckily we were well warned so both the yen ben lemon and the clementine mandarin both slept under a nice cloth net. So far they look as though they have survived unscathed.

Frost fringing the lettuce
Tenderstem broccoli head lightly frosted

Pizza thyme with an edge
The cold start makes for for wonderful clear sunny days and the bees were doing their duty on the broad bean flowers

Bee forcing it's way into the broad bean flower, they are tightly closed

Posing praying mantis
This is a South African mantis, they are killing off the native New Zealand variety. The native mantis has a much wider neck, is always green in colour and has a distinctive large blue spot inside the front legs. The casings of eggs are also slightly different, the South African casing has quite pointy ends whereas the New Zealand ones are neater and rounder. The idea is to kill off the intruders eggs when you come across them.

This is the pointy ended egg casing the South African praying mantis hides under things, squash them when you find one

Invasive South African egg case, note the pointy ends, the NZ one is rounded

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Onward and upward

Now that the hump/hollow of the shortest day is behind us I am looking forward to longer evenings and spring in the near future
It has been remarkably warm and there is a self seeded tomato plant proudly showing off a bunch of flowers!

Self seeded tomato loves the weather

The nice fat bulbs of garlic have responded well, the trick to good fat bud growing is to keep the leaves nice and healthy, I shall do my best

The garlic is up and at it
The wonder of tenderstems broccoli, what a great plant/vegetable, when they start producing it is an all on effort to eat everything. Just had to cut out the largest of the new crop and they are large and lovely :)

The wonder of broccoli

Go the patch!

Lovely mesclun lettucci :)

and last of the autumn leaves in the gold bowl