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My house moving is complete (apart from unpacking - yuk!). The guys did a wonderful job of emptying and lifting my raised garden and transporting it, lock, stock and barrel to the new place in Waipukurau. It only needed a little dismantling of one section - so that's my job today - to get that section reconnected and the soil better distributed and then I will be ready for planting seeds and seedlings later this week. Photos later
Garlic - have you got your patch ready for garlic - now is the time to plant garlic. Gently pull the outside cloves off the head, try not to damage the moist insides of the clove, plant them with their skin on, pointy end up, and about 1 or 2 cm below the surface of the soil. Keep them about 10cm.
Everyone's been very quiet lately - must be out clearing up the last of the summer garden, getting winter vege in and getting all those clean up jobs done!!
I dont think we have had an autumn quite like this for a long time - wet and warm. I have had some beautiful broccolli, celery and cabbage but a earlier than usual. The lawns are growing profusely also. So what kind of winter are we going to get?
I agree Rex, 'getting rid' of one's own garden waste seems....such a waste! Nature puts her waste back into the ground from whence it came...everyone could be doing the same and getting the benefits. As far as weeds are concerned, if they're pulled before there are seed heads, they're not going to perpetuate or exacerbate any weed problem. When I prune shrubs, if the prunings are of any reasonable size, I take them to the local florist, who is grateful for the greenery. All other clippings and weeds get put on the lawn, the mower run over them to mulch them up a bit, and then back onto the garden.
Its not in the lawns I do this - it is in the vege and flower gardens. Where there is a bare patch I wont be using for say 4-6 weeks, I sprinkle dolomite or lime, add a layer of green waste if I have been weeding, then a layer of grass clippings, sprinkle more dolomite or lime, add another layer of grass clippings then a layer of compost. I then leave this for 4-6 weeks or more then plant directly into it. It is a way of making compost directly in area you will be gardening rather than composting then moving it [hard work !!] It is also a good way to get rid of green waste [weeds and prunings and grass clippings]. I have quite a big garden of flowers shrubs and veges which generates a lot of waste. But I can see how this could be a good way to recycle in a smaller garden.
I often see people taking their green waste [weeds and prunings] to the dump when they could be profiting from this in their own gardens.
Thats a good tip about the bare patches in the lawn thanks rex.
What a beautiful day here in the North. The lawns have been growing like nobodys business because of the warmth and rain we have had over last few weeks so makes good winter mulch - I put sprinkle dolomite over bare areas, spread grass clippings in flat layers also with a sprinkling of dolomite, then top off with a thin layer of compost. Should make for good production next spring and summer.
Got some broad bean and broccolli plants today. The second lot of winter veges are almost ready - earlier than usual but they are so delicious.
Picked first lot of celery yesterday - so crunchy and sweet. Yum.
Have picked the broccoli (what little there was so far), blanched and frozen it. Picked the youngest leaves of the brassicas, including kale, and blanched, chopped and frozen for soups. Pulled all the bolted lettuces and the last of the spring onions.
Making more sense now - bit like building a trench/layered compost.
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