"Went to Huanui Orchards yesterday & bought 10kilos ($3 per kg) of paragon peaches to make peach jelly jam....using just the skins & pips but after the boys & I demolished quite a few of them...sooooo good!! I realised that there just…"
"Hey thanks Ingrid & Lynn :) I've been removing the rotten courgettes from the plant & I'll give both your ideas a go. Rex, I agree with you about the dry spell we are heading towards as there are already some large cracks in…"
"Picked my first ever Yellow Ogan plum today. A Japanese variety. Tasted so good! Twas bigger than I imagined, yellow skin, yellow flesh & the flavour so sweet - took me back to the days of my youth. Not many plums as only in it's 2nd…"
"So happy to see that I have lots of delicious red kuri pumpkins forming on numerous plants & taking over quite a decent chunk in the paddock. This time I will have to find a better place to store them...preferably away from the kitchen where…"
"Upon walking around the garden this morning I found two massive self sown plants of pumpkin growing happily amongst quite a reasonable size bush of elderberry with one proud flower atop. It's just the little things that forever make…"
"Mmmm cucumbers...mine are coming away rather nicely too lynn :) And thank you both for the Xmas wishes. We just had a neat & simple get together with family. Lots of laughter, music, food, board games & lots of TV watching since it was…"
"Hi Rex, no I didn't plant elephant garlic this time. I planted the more pugnant kind...can't think of the name just now. They haven't gone to seed but they are not looking too hot either. They have gone all yellow…"
"hahahahh funny Rex. Spent a good part of the afternoon mowing lawns...lovely day for it & finally getting around to weeding veggie gardens. Still a long way to go but planted out a few seedlings of odells lettuce, cherry tomatoes…"
"I was at the growers market this morning too and bought some very large sweet 100 cherry tomatoes seedlings & a Brandy Wine Pink tomato to get me started. You're right about the soil Rex....my veggie beds are very dry so I will turn…"
"Hey Rex, your son did very well with looking after your plants! Mine would have let them die for sure hahahah. I went out and bought more seedraising mix today so I too am sowing, sowing, sowing & loving it. "
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