What To Do Today?


What To Do Today?

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Comment by Tara McFarlane on April 21, 2012 at 8:21am

You are so lucky with the medlars - I spent about 10 years looking for them, and once I planted them the neighbours steer broke into our little block and nibbled both trees down to nubs - they are now about 2 feet tall, but would do just about anything to get my paws on some medlars to play with this year.


I have to get some more little winter veg as the new puppy has dug them up and flung them around enough times now that I'm sure even I can't rescue them.  Thankfully the soil here in Bombay is extraordinary, so once I get the new babies in, they'll take off like nobodies business (provided they are puppy proofed...)

Comment by Lynn on April 21, 2012 at 7:41am

Hi Megan, yes there is a small border along the back that will lend itself to a few veges in it. The rest are very park like (it's a fairly old and 'stately' type of property) and the ground cover under the very mature trees and shrubs is ivy. I won't be planting veges in those. I will post photos once I get in there.

Sounds like a good catch up in the garden, Jane. Medlar...until you mentioned it, I have never heard of it. The fruit looks kind of like a cross between a nut, tiny apple and a rose hip. Sounds interesting.

Comment by Jane Maarie on April 20, 2012 at 10:20pm

Yesterday I spent most of my day weeding four veggie beds.....so glad thats over! Today was more exciting as I planted more brocolli & cauliflower and laid down straw over all the beds.  FYI you can buy straw bales from northland plants in poroti @$25 per bale.  Some also went into the chook houses.  Having the straw on the garden through winter is not only a good mulch but it also helps prevent compaction of soil due to waterlogged areas & by spring it should be broken down  & dug back into the garden.  The worms love it too.  I also bought a Medlar tree which came with fruit so I've taken them off & put in fruit bowl to ripen as I'm dying to see what it will taste like.

Comment by Megan on April 20, 2012 at 7:52pm

are there any flower beds or borders that you can plant your vegetables Lynn? Looking forward to seeing before and after photos!

Comment by Lynn on April 20, 2012 at 3:48pm

LOL thanks guys....there is no 'blank canvas' though...I am renting, and I am only allowed to place my raised vegetable frame, not dig any extra. So...everything else will have to be in pots. Seems weird...a HUGE section and I will have to mostly container garden. LOL Never mind...better than not being allowed a garden at all! Onwards and upwards. :)

Comment by Rex Morris on April 20, 2012 at 12:19pm

Hi Lyn - good luck with the move. As Matt has said, the joy in establishing a new garden is very rewarding. While it will be May, that is only 3-4 months away from spring - if you focus on getting everything ready for spring planting rather than worrying too much about planting straight away, you will be eating lettuces before you know it.

Comment by Matt Moir on April 20, 2012 at 11:19am

Good luck with your move and building your new garden Lynn I know its dissapointing leaving your old garden behind but on the brite side its alwayse rewarding creating a new garden from scratch and watching it devalop over time

Comment by Lynn on April 20, 2012 at 10:51am

I will be harvesting, in one form or another, what I can from my garden over the next 3 weeks and bagging up the raised garden soil and lifting the framework and taking it with me to the new place I have found, which has no current vegetable garden. I'm not sure what I will be able to plant once I have re-established at that time though (mid to late May)...it's colder in Waipukurau than in Napier. I may need to either 'fallow' or find a way to create (on no cost! LOL) a hooped frame over it with polythene covering. Time will tell.

Comment by Rex Morris on April 18, 2012 at 7:10pm

Another planting of celery, broc, cabb, cauli today.  We have had such a mild March-April that some of the first lot of "winter" vege are ready - picked a cauli, cabbage and brocolli today - too soon really.  

This warm weather has also meant the weeds are groooowing everywhere. Can hardly keep up.

Comment by Helen Combes on April 16, 2012 at 4:58pm

Hi - one thing to place a brochure in your letterbox... But it'd be even better if there was a petition giving you a say on these cell phone towers?! All the best with the move Lynn ;-)


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