Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Saturday, December 5, 2015
His mate, who is very drab by comparison, has only come down once or twice, so I think they must be making eggs in a nest close to here, perhaps in our hedge.
Fearlessly he struts about on the lawn, just metres from the cat. The dogs have taken to guarding their bones, by lying beside them, thwarting his foraging efforts sometimes, but not often!
Last night we sat in our lounge, with all the doors open and he spent the whole evening carrying on, it was so funny watching him. He is a real delight!
Update on the Secret Garden
I have been working hard to make my Secret Garden a sanctuary, and here are some photos showing the results of my efforts.
|Still trying to grow that Camomile Lawn|
|Fountain is looking good|
|My 84yr old Dad made me a China Pagoda and installed it on Thursday, thanks Dad|
|Visits by lots of bumblebees|
Sunday, November 29, 2015
I have planted my little heart out this weekend. Its the first quiet one in ages so I have taken full advantage.
Corgettes, raised from seed
Beefsteak Tomatoes, also raised from seed
Cucumber, raised from seed
Then i thinned my previous carrot sewing. We will eat the "micro" vegetables with our tea. The tops are edible but do you think i csn get my family to eat them!
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Or...two problems with one net. I was pleased with the net purchase off trademe, on a few tiny holes, which are easily fixed with a peg or two. 300m of it should do all jobs that need netting for the summer.
The netting should both hinder the frost and hinder the pesky birds who peck all the fruit and flowers!
Hubby's nailgun came in very handy, and I was very proud of myself for the design!
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Sunday, September 27, 2015
It's very timely for now it is time in our garden to prepare for the growing season by starting off seeds in trays ready for later spring planting.
My motherinlaw and I spent the afternoon with packets of seedling mix and our seed stash, starting off seeds in trays. We have decided (or rather, she decided) that the old pigpen would be a good raising place, since it gets sun, and is warm, but seeds wont be damaged by late frosts. In the absence of a potting shed or garden shed, I concurred.
We had quite a little conveyor belt system going, she put in the mix, I watered and put in seeds, then she topped with a small sprinkle and named the tray.
Now we have quite a collection of filled trays.
|Our working table, this was the first few trays we potted up|
|The first of the trays on the pigpen floor|
|Kale seedlings in the main garden, from seed I collected last Autumn|
|With only 19 seeds in this packet, it is hardly value for money!|
Saturday, September 26, 2015
One of our chickens went missing this week. It didn't come home at bedtime and I assumed it had been taken by a hawk.
Two days later look what Mark found. Miss Chicken had fallen down between some stacked giboard . She came out all wobbly and flat on one side. But so far she is still alive and seems to be making a recovery!
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
Step two: Keeping those memories alive, open the box (easy) and start to read the 6 pages of instructions (hard).
Step three: take a small nap to recover, then tackle the first page of the instructions.
EIGHT WEEKS LATER: Moan and bitch at everyone that it didn't work
Monday, August 31, 2015
After cold weather, frosts and wintry temperatures, to go out into the garden and see the small beginnings of spring brings joy to my heart.
|Quince coming into bud|
The vege patch is sparse, with only a few cabbages, some broccoli, and kale, mostly. But there are signs there that soon something wonderful will come. Small 4 inch shoots of garlic appear in rows in one of my raised beds, and there are tiny lettuces forming under protecting cloches.
The most excitement is in the orchard, where the quince, the plums and the almonds are starting to show flowers and leaves. I hope that this year we won't have such damaging spring Nor'wester's, for last year the winds destroyed almost all the blossom in the orchard, resulting in no fruit formation.
|Plum blossom starting|
|Plum with blossom starting|
|A Small, an Average, and a Double Yolker, all laid on the same day|
There is little to do in my garden, there are very little weeds to contend with since it is too cold for growth, and little to harvest, instead we find we have time on our hands to have a little fire in the evening to sit round with a few neighbours.
This is my Garden Share Collective post for September. The theme is "Size" and I have chosen "little".
Harvesting Now: Lettuce, Spring Onion, Kale, Cabbage
Planting Now: Garlic, Peas, Beans, Broadbeans, Leeks
Things to Do: Prepare garden beds for spring planting, keep watering, keep up with the weeding, spray copper on the orchard trees
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
The reason for this is because I just haven't got around to doing this job in my vege patch yet.
|After (you can see I am reluctant to pull out all the suckers, and I always leave a few, I just cant bring myself to pull them all out|
What to do? pull off any dead leaves, pull out runners and suckers, replace unproductive plants with new suckers, and replace 3rd year plants with new suckers.
When to do it? in Winter when the plant is almost dormant (tho I see some of mine have been making flowers despite the frigid weather).
One of the best benefits of all of this, apart from massive strawberry production this coming year, is that you then have lots of suckers to give away to friends
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Saturday, July 11, 2015
|The Vege Garden|
But this morning Jack Frost made up for it by deliverying a hefty -5C frost for us to enjoy.
It really does make our garden a winter wonderland!
|Frost adorning everything|