Gardening

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a garden update, now seems like a good time because everything is stirring from the winter slumber (including me).Garden Sept 13 10This winter I all but turned my back on our garden, and despite the mistreatment, it still provided plenty.

Garden Sept 13One advantage of neglect is that there are always plenty of self sown seedlings popping up. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve brought a lettuce plant, but we always have an abundance of Marvel of four seasons (the reddish one) and Buttercrunch. Not to mention miners lettuce which grows all winter in almost weed like proportions.Garden Sept 13 2This artichoke made a delicious addition to our dinner last night, and was enjoyed by all, steamed and dipped in lemony butter. Don’t you agree that the first of the season always tastes best? Garden Sept 13 5We have three main beds, last week I dug one over with plenty of compost in preparation for planting early potatoes. I know, two spades, impressive huh?!Garden Sept 13 4These are ‘Rocket’ seed potatoes, I got them in yesterday and I’m hoping they will be ready by Christmas! I realise this might be a little ambitious. I chit them in egg cartons, this protects the delicate shoots and then makes transferring them to the garden easy.Garden Sept 13 7My best girl Mabel kept a watchful eye and snapped up any worms silly enough to linger near the surface. She’s a pretty bantam with a big personality, she will be five years old next month, so she’s really part of the family. Whenever I’m in the garden she’s always at my side (and sometimes, on my shoulder).Garden Sept 13 8Borage is such a wonderful companion plant in the early spring, it brings in lots of bees, and despite its prickliness I think it’s quite beautiful.Garden Sept 13 9I’m waiting in anticipation for the broad beans to pod up. Not only because I can’t wait to eat them, but also because I need this garden free so I can get my tomatoes in. I won’t plant so many this year, honest. Garden Sept 13 6I’ve been blown away by the huge response to my little giveaway! I’ve loved reading all the wonderful comments, they make me smile (and some even made me laugh). You still have time to enter if you haven’t already.

Enjoy your weekend, the school term finished on Friday so we are away for a few days in Whangamata staying at a friend’s beach bach. I don’t think it will be warm enough for swimming, but we should get in some nice long walks on the beach. xox J

21 thoughts on “Gardening

  1. katythenightowl says:

    We are just coming into our winter here, so the majority of growth is finished now – all but the grass, which challenged hubby to keep it down๐Ÿ™‚

    Your garden is lovely – and I envy you the fresh veg just coming along for you๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. livingsimplyfree says:

    I hope you had a nice weekend at the beach, your garden is lovely. How I wish any thing could survive our winters. I am attempting to grow my greens in indoor window boxes because I really don’t want to have to buy the stuff in the store this winter.

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  3. Frances says:

    Right now I love crocheting shawls, I am on my third and loving every minute of it. My children want blankets and keep nagging me;). It is so nice to have crochet work appreciated. So I am going to split my crochet time so I get the blankets started. Your garden and your blog are lovely, they bring beauty in an uncertain world. Thank you.

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