Let us know what you have been doing in the garden lately plus the tips and tricks to making it work.
Latest Activity: May 4
I try to let one lettuce go to seed and just leave it without collecting the seed. I always get lettuces pop up the following spring.
Pam, have you thought about leaving one lettuce in and letting it go to seed which can be saved and used next season?
Pam - sounds like you have a productive little garden - it is amazing what you can grow in a small area. I usually only plant 3 dwarf bean plants at a time as they are very productive. A soaker hose is a great way to keep the ground moist at all times.
and Hi Pam, its been a funny year I think, but at least I don't have to water!
Yes Rex, I also got an albany grape that turned out to be niagra...you wonder how they can muck that sort of thing up really.
I can't grow strawberries, get the odd one but I crave buckets full
my tomatoes are growing great in the glasshouse, although a lot fo the flowers have wizened without pollinating.
we have had great weather for starting off the winter greens, not summery more like autumnal!
Well, time to start thinking about the winter garden ! ! ! I aim to have most of our winter vege home grown. have put the first lot of crrots and parsnips in while it was raining. Getting soil ready for first lot of broccolli cauli and cabbage and making the special beds for celery.
Geesh, Rex, thanks for telling us about those labels! I've not had a problem so far but really grew a lot of my trees from seed and grafted myself. Loved the photo of your tomatoes. Oh, Kali, wish I could share my plums with you! We have had them since mid dec and still coming on. Our Santa Rosa Plum was red but still very firm, though, as you say the rain was causing splits so we just picked them all and laid them out on trays until ripe. We still have bottled plums, plum juice, jam and dried fruit, froze as much as the freezer would hold and given away boxes full. So I've been making fruit leather and it is great and easy to store too. Everything in the garden is going strong and all developed fast so we had most veg's by xmas! The only things slowing down are most varieties of beans...they've already produced lots tho. Strawberries are still heavily in production and have been collecting for 3 mo now. Nothing is eating them and I think it's because of the calendula growing with them. We have not had Pohutukawa flowers this year at all Richard, late or otherwise! The kaka and Tui have really missed them but now the flax is flowering birds are happy. Was trying to think of ways to simplify my garden play/work. Then, as is my habit, wanted to plant something new so have planted mung, garbanzo, soy beans, lentil and flax (to eat). Woops, back to the drawing board, to work out a way for other projects!
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