"Hmmmm, we are half way through May. Tomato seeds go in mid August, that's three months. I need to think about where I am going to plant next years tomatoes and what I need to do to prepare the soil. Perhaps a bit of investigation into tomato…"
"I planted another lot of leeks today and have another lot ready to plant out in a few days. A favourite way of cooking leeks is to cut some bacon up and start frying. Add leeks and just enough chicken stock for them to cook in. Mmmmmm."
"The weather has been so mild and wet the veges have taken off - have eaten about half of the winter vege and it isn't really winter yet. Planted another lot of leeks, broccoli, cauli and cabbage today. Gave them a good watering with…"
"Oh sorry Lynn - I threw the tag away - I got them from a stall at the Whangarei Farmers market. They are mild chillies. I ate them raw when they were green but had a bit of a bite when I tried a raw red one. We had them in a stir fry last night and…"
"Tomatoes all gone now. I was interested to observe a couple of things with my tomatoes
 there was quite a large variation in harvest between plants. Some only produced one lot then small toms which never really developed while others kept…"
"I took out 4 depleted tomato plants yesterday. There is a definite autumn feel in the mornings. My best performing grafted tomato curled up its toes virtually overnight but it still has quite a few toms on it so it has a short…"
I have a large urban landscaped garden with a wide range of shrubs, trees, annuals and perennials. The vege garden consists of several raised beds and I focus on basic vegetables including summer garden of lettuce, beans, tomatoes, carrots, spring onions, and a winter garden of leeks celery cabbage cauli broccolli spinach red onions, garlic,
I wonder if you can put grass clippings on the beds when they come through without touching the stems to suppress the weeds? Might just have to try it & see if it will affect the conditions of growing the garlic. My hubby travels to the KDC everyday for his work too & still likes the drive. I have still got loads to learn about gardening cos I didn't plant nearly enough veg to see us though the summers months- like when i ran out of cucumbers I didn't think to stagger any of the veggies as well as tomatoes, lettuces & loads more. Just assumed the planting season was over & went without or bought fresh. Don't know what made me think that when I know you can plant veg all year round. Silly, thinking about it now as I've realised there is no hard & fast rules of planting veggies from seed or seedling...just do it really. My greatest win though was planting loads of early & late season potatoes. I have only now just bought my first bag of potatoes from the shop this year! And I am finally "getting the stagger thing" with growing brocolli & other winter veg thru the winter. Still, at the end of the day it's times like this when reflecting over past experiences can actually improve next seasons knowledge. Loving your compost photos...wish mine would hurry up & get like that hehe.
Hi Rex, I'm just wondering what you put over your garlic beds as mulch to stop the weeds? I've planted the stronger variety this time instead of the elephant garlic hoping to get a good crop next year. I don't have weed mat down like Ive been advised as I would rather something natural that would eventually breakdown. Any suggestions?