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Seeds Sown Indoors Today

Spinach Strawberry (heirloom from
Bean Roquefort
Thyme (wild)
Lavender Dwarf Munstead
Watermelon Georgia Rattlesnake
Cucumber Green Dragon

It has been bucketing down - totally annoying on a Saturday when I want to get out in the garden, so I've had to content myself with sowing instead.

Posted on September 26, 2009 at 1:22pm

Lawn Replacement

Hubby thinks I've gone mad. Yesterday I started removing our lawn because it is a mixture of weeds and kikuya and I'm replacing it with anything I've got an abundance of seed-wise and that is easy to pull out later: corn, wheat, marigolds, parsley, buckwheat, alfalfa and goodness knows what else as I go along. Why? Because I'm organic and I don't want to spray my lawn to get rid of it, neither do I want a muddy bog while I painstakingly remove it. Since I don't have oodles of spare time it will… Continue

Posted on September 20, 2009 at 6:23pm

The Real Gardener of the Year

Click on the link to see my favourite gardener in dog!

Posted on September 5, 2009 at 11:30am


It's my favourite time of the year. My fig tree now has leaves on the very ends of it's branches (below) and the seed trays on the dining table are starting to come alive. Everything is full of promise!

Last year when I was completely new to having a vege garden and everything seemed to take soooo long, I had doubts that it all would come to fruition and felt a great deal of impatience, but this year I am just carrying on doing a little bit here and a little bit there, happy in the… Continue

Posted on September 4, 2009 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

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At 10:01pm on October 25, 2009, Hester said…
How wonderful-that's pretty special.Neat that you won. I adore chick peas, so if you do have some spare seed from your harvest I'd love to do a swap one day.
At 5:43pm on October 24, 2009, Hester said…
No-I didn't. What did you win? Intriguing.
At 5:25pm on October 23, 2009, Hester said…
That's great-I'm glad it WAS you!
At 11:38am on October 23, 2009, Hester said…
Hi Tiffany-was that your name I saw on the NZ Gardener Get Growing Prizelist?
At 1:10pm on October 5, 2009, Janet Byers said…
Hi Tiffany, thanks for your comments - it's certainly a great place to be. Will update soon :-)
Re your digging up your lawn - I'm with you all the way - do whatever you need to get what you want - and it's often possible to do it without using poisons, but still without major amounts of additional work. I started a new garden this winter by covering the kikuyu with waste - kitchen scraps, and vege and flower garden carbon and green materials. I've just started scraping the top layer of the resulting compost off, and will plant corn seed in the next few days. Like yours, my husband looked askance at it at first - in fact for several months, since it was 'cold' rather than 'hot' composting and definitely didn't look attractive. However, last week he boxed it in, and now I've scraped it, it's starting to look like a real raised bed, and he's delighted with the result.
At 9:13pm on September 23, 2009, Racheal Clark said…
yeh i love the cottage garden look with flowers and veges all together, i known my dad is going to want to weed it all and 'sort it out' when he comes to visit though !
At 9:39am on September 23, 2009, Racheal Clark said…
Thanks so much for that, the vege gardens are well marked out and they have had tomatoes, beans and asian veges that i can see, as for the soil i dont remember as we move in in 1 week but i think the compost on first is a good idea - can i compost around existing plants? the old owners said to expect a lot of seedling to come up as they let things self seed each year, so there may be a few starting soon. I love the idea of companion planting so im definately looking into that. Thanks for the advice
At 8:19pm on August 29, 2009, Hester said…
Yes-I've been watching it too. I like the potions he makes.My remedies have always been more basic-teas and infusions-but I do make my own face cream. Thanks, for thinking of me.
At 12:36pm on August 29, 2009, Hester said…
Hi Tiffany.Love your garden pics. Your seeds look exciting.I've just bought some German chamomile for Kings too.I used to have it in the garden but I lost it.St Johns Wort would be a good one to have in the garden.I'm interested to know how you get on with growing it.I love having my own supply of medicinal herbs.
At 6:12pm on August 28, 2009, Pete Russell said…
A pleasure Tiffany. Glad you like it.


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