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I'm back! Life has taken lots of twists and turns the past few months. But my garden is coming along nicely, and I'm eating from it now too, which makes moi very very happy!
Planted...6 types of Lettuce, Silverbeet (bright lights), Leeks, Zucchini (Yellow Wonder and Cocozelle), Carrots, Beetroot, Parsnip, Pukekohe Onions, Red Onions, Elephant Garlic, Garlic, Sorrel (Red Vein and French), Red Russian Kale, Chicory, Rocket, Broad Beans, Sugar Snap Peas, Borlotti Beans, King of the Blues Beans (thanks Kali), Dwarf Green Beans, Tomatoes (Moneymaker, Copia, Black Krim), Basil, Strawberries, and Wild White Strawberries. Potatoes (Purple Passion) are coming along nicely and have had their first 'mounding up'. Spinach and French Mesclun going in this week. Gosh...tons of herbs, some of which I have already had a first crop from and dried! Of course, there are my blueberries (heaps of fruit!), loganberries (had to prune hard to move house, so won't get any this year, but growing well), Currents (all 3 colours) and Cranberries - also lots of fruit setting. Citrus trees doing great and maybe you can tell, I'm excited that this garden is doing so well so soon!
Hey Kali, forgot to tell you I sent the seeds you wanted on Fri. Having strong winds here but everything seems to be doing OK. Drying out a bit but am mulching with seaweed/leaf....at least the rails don't scratch it all away with seaweed in it. Lots to do and it is definitely warm enough that the green beetles, white butterflies and wasps are here. But so are the lady bugs and monarchs. Still haven't got the tomato plants in....going to do this week though!
I grow a main crop of about 14 beef tomatoes and then about a half dozen of other sorts so I have a range of colours, shapes, textures and tastes, including Tula [black] zebra [green striped] sausage [green], and a cherry. I also plant two grafted [roma and one I forget] and I saw a tomato called slicer in the Warehouse - it sounded like a good producer so I have planted that as well. I say 'about' because I can't resist buying them when I see something that sounds interesting. I also find it hard to throw away the cuttings when I nip out the suckers and often plant them as well!! Last year I ended up with 42 plants !
I had a fantastic year with eggplant last year. My later zucchini did really well too. Unfortunately my tomatoes didn't cope with the neglect and dryness when we were away on holiday. I am hoping for a much better year this year. Have ordered some tomato seeds that are supposedly able to cope with drought conditions. Always handy when you are on tank water. Rex do you grow a variety of tomatoes or stick to the tried and true for your situation?
Hi sheryl - summer is nearly here!! I think we are in for a wet few days but everything looking earlier than usual. I have planted one tomato, one cucumber and one courgette which I bought at the markets on Sat morning. I have got 12 tomato plants at the hardening off stage and another 6-8 still in the early stage. I hope we get a good tomato summer again this year.
Have just spent a lot of time on the Bristol Seed website looking at all their varieties of tomato seeds. When there are 361 varieties it takes a while to make a decision. I have been weeding what should be a garden. Let it go wild over winter and now a mammoth job getting it back under control. Pulled out all my seed packets to decide what greens we will likely eat in our salads this summer. So much choice. My son is a fan of bitter greens in his salads so will be growing mustard, mizuna, chicory, radicchio and rocket. Have a lot of rocket popping up from plants I let go to seeds so that is a start.
These last couple of days have felt very warm - feels like Labour weekend has come a bit earlier this year! I went off to the markets this morning and got some plants - one tomato to plant early, stevia, rocket and some lettuce. I have my own seedlings but these are timed mostly for Labour weekend, the traditional big plant out weekend. Will be interesting to see how the weather holds. My climber beans however are about 30cm high and looking really good.
thank you kali. you are most kind.
Kate if all else fails, I have some seed in an envelope of stinging nettle,
Kiwi, we often lug home a great long piece of kelp when we take a walk on the beach, it is good stuff. I am holding back on planting a lot of stuff yet, been so wet here, lots of lettuce plants going and lots of tomato seedlings, I am happy to say I learnt by past mishaps and put out slug bait, and have put paid to a couple dozen slugs and half a dozen snails that made a beeline for the pots and could have made a meal of them
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