HI Jane, youre having fun lol did you get any of the blue scabiosa coming up? a rat got into my seedlings and chewed those off, only one plant left! here's hoping that between us we can save some more seed for next year, I love blue flowers. my seedlings are coming on very slowly, had lots of cool weather
hello Jane Maarie, my black boy peach stones have germinated. How are yours coming along? Had mine in a clear yoghurt tub & could see the shoots down the side of the pot! It's going to be a while before any leaves emerge but great to know that they've taken.
hello Jane, the grass clippings should be fine as a mulch, I put a really thick layer of pea straw over my garlic straight after it was planted and the shoots came through without any trouble. You can never plant too much garlic, I put in over 100 cloves last year and still don't think that it was enough, it doesn't go very far once you've shared a few bulbs and I love to roast them whole. The weather's been so mild, still planting garlic down here. Last year, had it all planted in early May. Not so organised this year :)
Hi Jane, glad to hear you are hard out gardening as usual!! I dont actually mulch the garlic - I just leave them be and occasionally give them a bit of a weeding. I havent been in garden much lately as I am doing a temporary Principals job at Ruawai Primary and travelling everyday. And busy again this weekend. Nevermind soon be spring!
Hi Jane...your harvest and preserving photos look fantastic! Hey, surf the net for ways to make your own worm farm...it can be done very cheaply. I will be making one next year when I move towns. Where did you get the seed for your black corn? And what are your black potatoes called? They look great! I have tons of spare seed from a Amish Pie pumpkin (the one in my photo) if you would like any, just let me know.
Hi Jane...thanks for the kind words. Yes, I think we all can do with a bit of motivation from time to time and if that's what I have helped with, I'm glad. My main garden, which is raised, doesn't require a lot of weeding, so I only have to spend half an hour every 3 or 4 weeks just tidying up...it's great! Hey, I love your photos! Black spuds, kumara - I've never grown either, and would love to! Please Lord, when I move towns next year, may I have some land? :) I LOVE herb gardening, growing, propagating, drying and using. I'm happy to share any time, just yell when you're ready. I use herbs both for culinary and medicinal purposes. I have a little grounding in rongoa, but would love to learn more as I'm also a great believer in each country supplies it's own unique medicines and nutritions. Today, it is sunny and warm...I'm painting! I know you will relate to that! lol
sure, that would be nice to have an heirloom recipe :) One of my sons made rewena bread once for school, leaving potato and flour to go sour and using that as a leven, it tasted nice. Fennel bulbs are nice sliced finely in a salad with orange, its crunchy and has a nice flavour