I’ve been gardening as an adult for more than 30 years.
My parents were keen gardeners and descendents of generations of farmers. They grew vegeables, fruit and flowers, and kept chooks, ducks, a goat and, occasionally, sheep, on our three quarter acre section. We always had fresh or home -preserved fruit, vegetables and eggs. I really just assimilated gardening as a child. Becoming a gardener myself was probably inevitable.
I love gardening.
I have a strong interest in herbs and have been growing and learning about them all my adult life. For years I read every book I could find about herbs (bedtime reading material) and I use herbal medicine.
In the 1990’s I was very interested in cottage gardening and grew lots of old fashioned flowers as well as herbs and vegetables.
I had a small home business propagating and selling,medicinal and culinary herbs and perennial flowers.
I was a member of Hawkes Bay Green Dollars.
I have always been mindful of caring for the Earth and have tried to live in a way that 'steps lightly'. For many years this was seen as wierd, and I was beginning to become disheartened. Through being a member of Ooooby Ive been excited to experience the strong surge of interest and support worldwide for Green Living. I enjoy helping others share the joy of gardening.
Nowadays I mostly focus on food growing, although I love old fashioned roses and flowers.
I am lucky enough to have a glasshouse and my own garden shed.
I am now retired and enjoy spending time in the garden, teaching my children and grandchildren garden lore and being creative with the products from our garden.
I haven't done much propagating in the last 3 years so my collection of saved seeds is getting old.
I have collected quite a lot of varieties of tomato seed and I want to grow them again andsave some fresh seed.
A storage container with many of my seeds in it was accidently moved to our shed. The shed gets warm in Summer, so is not an ideal place for storing seed.
When I finally tracked the container down and rescued it I found that mice had got in and eaten some of my…
Posted on September 23, 2015 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment
Today was a glorious sunny Spring Day, after a few cool grey ones.
We had an extra special occurrence in our garden.
In the early afternoon I looked out of our upstairs window and was amazed to see a cloud of flying insects above the trees.
I called out to Mr Box to come and see. Then I realised I was seeing bees.
Posted on October 30, 2011 at 11:00pm — 6 Comments
Day two of Beryl and Ruby’s residence.
I got up before 6.00am this morning, but Beryl and Ruby were already out and about.
They were very settled and roamed about the yard as comfortably as if they’d lived here for weeks.
It was very quiet this morning. I think everyone in the neighbourhood has sold their roosters. Normally they start crowing before the sun is…
Posted on October 16, 2011 at 7:06am — 2 Comments
Beryl & Ruby, the Red Shaver hens, arrived on Thursday evening.
I bought them on Trademe earlier in the week but couldn’t pick them up immediately as Mr Box was sick with flu.
The two hens had to sleep in the cardboard box they were transported in as I didn’t have time to arrange anything else that night.
The next morning I got up at daylight to let…
Posted on October 16, 2011 at 6:58am
We have 2 new hens and one less rooster.
We used to have 5 hens and a rooster but 3 of our hens died earlier in the year.
With the advent of Spring it became obvious that 2 wives was nowhere near enough for Vincent the Splash Orpington Rooster.
Violet got badly scratched as a result of excessive mating and was hiding in the hen house.
And Vince was…
Posted on October 16, 2011 at 6:40am — 1 Comment