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Let us know what you have been doing in the garden lately plus the tips and tricks to making it work.

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Comment by Lynn on September 8, 2010 at 1:44pm
While many of us are happily tending our gardens, planning for the spring and cropping vegetables that are ready now, let's remember that our Canterbury members and friends probably cannot do this. I send heartfelt thoughts and best wishes to everyone in the areas affected by the earthquakes. I can only hope and pray that your terrifying ordeal ends soon so that everyone can start to heal mind, body and spirit; rebuild homes, confidence and lives; regain a sense of normality without fear. Love and prayers for you all.
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on September 8, 2010 at 1:19pm
Kali what a great idea to encourage insects.
Comment by Kali on September 8, 2010 at 1:02pm
lightly sprayed the plum blossoms with a sugar solution to try and encourage pollinating insects, we have masses of blossom on some but the recent rain has probably damaged quite a few.
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on September 8, 2010 at 3:21am
Rex, you might try putting in a dark material (say black plastic or cloth) on the soil where you have the beans to increase the soil warmth. I did that last year and had good success with it.
Comment by Lynn on September 7, 2010 at 12:33pm
Brave, Rex...very brave! lol I am stretching it with the early tomatoes...I couldn't POSSIBLY do the beans yet. Hope yours do well :)
Comment by Rex Morris on September 7, 2010 at 11:30am
I have taken a chance and put in a grafted tomato. It is against a north facing wooden fence and I have put a plastic surround to protect it from cold wind etc. Will be interesting to see if the early planting is worth it. I have also planted climber beans. We have had some quite warm weather lately so hope the ground temp has warmed up enough so beans will grow.
Comment by Yvonne Symons on September 3, 2010 at 4:56pm
have potted up spring seeds. Picked first winter cauliflower yesterday along with broccoli. dug up some parsnips for parsnip soup.
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on September 2, 2010 at 11:29am
I wonder if they even have them in North America? The white alpine strawberries sound like just the tonic for the birds getting the berries before I do.
Comment by Lynn on August 31, 2010 at 7:10am
I have had white alpine strawberries before...some years ago...and didn't get the opportunity to take the plants with me at the time when I moved towns. I have been searching for them since, and only ever come across the small red ones, which are also nice, but not as sweet and tasty as the white ones. I just love them, and they make the most flavoursome jam!
Comment by Margaret Beers Oliver on August 31, 2010 at 2:20am
Lynn, the white strawberries sound like a novelty that really works. I am going to have to check into those for next season.
We are winding down to fall here and the nights are starting to cool. I did get the tomatoes tied up again. The squash plants are all doing well, and I think that I am going to give up on the poor little Japanese egg plant bearing fruit. She flowers well, but they don't seem to be doing what it needs.
Got to weed the front garden and set water out for all.
 

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