What To Do Today?


What To Do Today?

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Comment by Pam on January 26, 2014 at 8:28am
I have saved seed from each variety and let some self sow. I usually manage to keep them in check by eating the leaves but being away for over a week earlier in the month they got away from me!
It is cloudy today so it will be easier to work outside. Time to tidy up the garden alongside the drive and plant the front flower garden.
Comment by Rex Morris on January 25, 2014 at 10:27pm

Pam, have you thought about leaving one lettuce in and letting it go to seed which can be saved and used next season? 

Comment by Pam on January 25, 2014 at 10:07pm
I worked on my front garden today. It had been recently cleared of overgrown shrubs so I loaded it up with compost and gave it a good water. Tomorrow I will plant it with flower seedlings their I have in pots waiting.
I harvested a zucchini, some strawberries, a bucket of potatoes and some basil.
It is finally time to pull out the lettuces that have gone to seed. The birds have been enjoying them but I need the room. It is possible to grow a lot of salad veges in very little space. Brassicas take up more space and pumpkins.
Comment by Rex Morris on January 25, 2014 at 9:43am

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.

Comment by Kali on January 24, 2014 at 10:39pm

and Hi Pam, its been a funny year I think, but at least I don't have to water!

Comment by Kali on January 24, 2014 at 10:38pm

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!

Comment by Pam on January 24, 2014 at 9:33pm
Hello. I have a small vegetable garden in Hamilton. I have tomatoes coming ripe, zucchini , kale, rocket and some herbs. My strawberries have stopped producing, the beans are not up to much this year and the lettuces keep going to seed! More watering is required with all the wind drying everything out.
Comment by Rex Morris on January 22, 2014 at 6:35pm

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.

Comment by kiwi brown on January 21, 2014 at 7:45pm

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!

Comment by Rex Morris on January 21, 2014 at 11:11am

Interesting to read your post Kali - you can never be sure how accurate labels on plants are. I heard heights, for example only tell you what a shrub or tree will get to within a certain time, not necessarily its final height. Similar with flowers, the labels show a picture and state the colour but that is not necessarily what you actually get.  Our plums have been proficient this year but the rain we are getting is well and truly dealing to them.


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