l helped my other son buy a house and income in January and we were intending to rent out the flat but in a sudden turn of events l have moved in and am really enjoying life at present. The house was built in the 70's and has a lovely old apple tree that fruited prolifically last season and there are areas that have been vege garden. lt was a deceased estate and nothing had been done for quite some time.
Hi Jude, I have just moved closer to you, Manhattan Heights. I still have Astley Ave where my eldest son, Ray, is living at present and he is looking after the chooks. I am going to be starting from scratch with gardens again but am looking forward to it and will help Ray to grow a garden in my old place. Would love to catch up with you some time.
I love Parsnips. Actually, I am absolutly crazy about them. I saute them in a little butter with carrots and turnips, until they carmelize a bit...YIKES! GOOD STUFF! As a matter of a fact, I overwintered a good sized patch of them to go to seed. I now have more Parsnip seed than I can use in one season. They are only viable for one year. I will have to find some other gardeners that want some next spring.
I am up to 23 bee hives, and a garden twice as big as I usually grow. I am working myself to death, doing what I love to do. It's heavenly. I have bees spread out for one hundred miles, all in natural meadows, to keep them away from the pesticides. It is working, they are booming. I have to keep a close eye on them so I don't cramp them. I have two hives that are stacked high with honey supers. My best crop yet. All wild flower honey. It is light colored, silky smooth, and just delicious. My customers are going crazy over it.
I planted winter squash, and they have decided that they like it here, so they have taken off...literally. They have grown 15 feet, to the fence, up the fence, over the fence, and they are now making their escape to the highway. I still have about two months of growing season, so who knows where they will end up! Probably somewhere in Utah.
But hey, life is good...I like it.
By the way, you have added some nice pictures. All of your fruits and veggies are picture perfect.
And the thought of the day:
An old timer talking about Genetically Modified Foods,
"If the bugs won't eat it, why the heck would you?"
I have been looking at your photos and your garden looks wonderful!! My garden presently is two garden boxes 1m x 1m, a fejoa tree and a lemon tree. So there isn't much happening on the garden front, but luckily I have lots of space and lots of ideas.. Although I wish that my garden would grow to be magnificent overnight. ha ha
Glad to hear from you Jude. Glad you and yours are well. I grew up in Southern California, so I know how the earth quakes can be. I was in the big one, near LA. Threw my brother and me out of our bunk beds. I landed on top of him, and since he thought I was out to get rid of him any way, I guess he figured this was it! We ran aronnd the house, at 5 in the morning, me trying to tell him it was an earthquake, while he thought I was trying to kill him!
Took our Mom a while to get everything calmed down.
As far as my patch, still too cold to start, but my Parsnips are sprouting and will will make a lot of seed this year. Gearing up to raise a lot of new queen bees and expand my Apiary. Hope to have 30 hives, going into next winter.
You all take care and be prepared. Mother earth is shaking from the ill treatment lately. She will not stop untill we learn to treat her with respect, as every Mother should be, by her children.
Its been quite cold. It snows, then warms up just enough to rapidly melt it off and make a big, muddy, drippy mess. Then. it gets real cold and turns to slick ice. I have gone into hybernating bear syndrome., Growling, snorting and snoring!
First sign of bees and flowers, I'm sure the growling will stop.
Hi Jude, the contact for Mum (Diana) and Garrick is 8109-808, I think they still have plenty of sleepers available and the price is probably unchanged. If you ever need to find their contact details, they are listed on the Resources list on both the Waitakere and Titirangi sites under Discussions.
I have so enjoyed seeing your photos, would love to come and see your garden one day.
Thanks! Most those pictures are from my desert garden... I loved your pictures too... your cat in the garden is so cute...
Would love to have some advice on my plot... I will call you this weekend perhaps? Sunday afternoon are best for me... what is your schedule like?
I am interested in garden position for sun etc... Not sure if I should put a 'starter' plot on the west or east side of the yard considering sun exposure. I would know exactly where if I were in Phoenix, Arizona... but this is a new environment to me and I am looking forward to learning! :)
Yes, l'm over this lack of rain but it does make you appreciate how lucky we are here. there is talk of another garden visit on 1st May. Maybe we could do something there to try and get some moisture for the gardens. My friend up north says the kiwi are coming out in the middle of the day looking for food as the ground is so hard they can't get their beaks into it and the insects are all disappearing.
The snow has melted and the bees are buzzin. I'm hot and thirsty at the end of a shovel again...just the way I like it. This will be the greatest year ever, with cabbages as big as a Volkswagon and Tomatoes as big as basketballs. Crooked rows planted way too thick while squash vines take over the path till there is no where left to stand but right in the middle of it all. Yes indeed. I'm right in the middle of it.