This morning it was -2.8C at 7am, these photos were taken at 8.30am and still it is heavily on the ground . Very pretty
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
Our old chooks have slowed down their laying and Mark bought me 3 x new chooks to boost up numbers. Feathers were ruffled and we have had several fights but i hope things will smooth out eventually.
In the meantime the new girls have laid their first beautiful but tiny eggs
Monday, May 11, 2015
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Friday, May 8, 2015
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Saturday, May 2, 2015
|Corn cobs doing their best to ripen in the|
cool of Autumn
All of a sudden the drenching brought weeds along with a late Autumn growth burst for many things in the garden.
Wonderful crab apples look so fabulous in the low sun. All the trees in the Orchard now have rings of stones and a build up of mulch to keep the moisture in during our blazing summers. The ring of stones also acts a bit like a swimming pool for watering, stopping the water from seeping further than the tree.
Corn trying to ripen in the cooling weather. I'm not sure if we are going to make it, as it is getting quite chilly at night. We have opened one cob, but it just wasnt ready, so I am hoping to get a couple more weeks of good weather to ripen them.
Rows of cauliflowers and cabbages get rid of white butterfly and make some large leaves.
|Lettuces close to bolting|
Even lettuces make a bit of growth, although these ones look to me like they might bolt shortly.
Now that the soil is damp I hope to be able to do some last minute planting, although it really is very late. Usually we get onions and peas in about a month earlier than this. But our soil is still very warm and up till now we just havent had enough water for planting.
|The Autumn Garden|
Several of our garden beds had pig "poo" from Pigrun cleaning, and I have tilled the soil, breaking up the larger clods. The poo certainly adds a certain "flavour" to the soil... As an experiment I planted corn in two different areas in the garden, one in pigpoo and ther other not, and the one in poo is twice the height, so it certainly has something yummy in it!
Tasks I have been undertaking:
- removing the netting from the Strawberry bed
- weeding and hoeing and preparing beds for Autumn plantings
- Putting in a new compost bin
- Spring Onions
- the last of the French Beans
- Maybe some corn
- Silver Beet
- the last of the Tomatoes
To do during the next month:
- Plant onions, both Red and Pukekohe Long Keeper
- Plant Peas
- Prune the grapes ( you can see they are everywhere!)
- Plant all the little "leek-lets" that sprout on my leek heads
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