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Latest Activity: Jan 31, 2019
Well have not been in here for a while!
Have been very busy - set up new fruit trees and new compost bin(real beauty - insulated and gets screaming hot) landscaping business is doing well and I have now 2 grandchildren! will change photo to show!
Planted garlic and lettuce red cabbage and leeks last week - picking broccoli any day now - great rain today raintank filled almost to top!
So sorry to hear about your loss Kali. Hope your garden slowly provides healing and solace for you.
Sounds like your slowly getting back on your feet Kali Sorry to hear about your loss. My garden has also fallen into bad shape this year Due to my own medical problems with 3 weeks in hospital and 2 weeks of home healthcare I am restricted on what i can do for another 2 to 3 months. My Veggie garden didnt get off the ground in my Pt Chev garden but along with the help from friends we are maintaining the rose and ornimental garden and my other veggie garden at the house has sufferd during my hospital stay so am going to start looking towards next season for getting back to it Have Missed Ooooby and hearing what others have been doing as well as shereing what I have been upto in my garden.
My son died in December and my garden has suffered a bit due to a general lack of energy. he was the one who helped with the digging. I have managed to keep what I planted in spring weeded, mostly, but large tracts of the garden need weeds hauling out and green crops planted, will get around to it slowly. I planted 2 punnets of cabbage plants in late winter and they all grew really well, my first real cabbages, which indicates that our soil is improving a lot. unfortunately they were all ready at once, so I have made several jars of sauerkraut, which is really yummy, today I will make a mixed one with cabbage, carrot and onion, I made one lot with some black radish mixed in, an aquired taste these naturally fermented pickles but once you get hooked they are addictive! last year I did zucchini and gherkins by the same method, just put in salt brine and leave in the sun for a few days to sour , then place in the fridge indefinitely, they improve with age. had a bag of sprouting potatoes so planted those yesterday in a bare patch, there is a potato shortage this season, so hopefully we will have some to tide us over for the winter , got some celery and silverbeet in and the leeks are pencil thin but growing. my partner made a diabolical brew of manure tea which reeks to high heaven but helps things to grow well. growing some rare heirloom beans and hope they are not developing too late to dry off once autumn comes. only two pumpkins have formed so far, they are late too, funny season all round.
Just been out potting some poor little eggplant seedlings. Still have a heap more to go. Have decided to pot as many as possible into buckets.
Read and catch up all the Oooby groups I belong to. Sorry folks, been on FB Nz Vege Gardeners but just given that one up, Ooooby has so much to offer. Planting egg plants, tomalio, beetroot.. Got some fine look plants from Edible Organics here in Marton.
Hi Natalie - thanks to the combined efforts of us and wwoofers, our gardens are looking better than ever, and the bank of seedlings awaiting planting out is dwindling. The garden by our house finally has all its beds built, and we are making a chook tractor to fit them. I got a good strike of both carrots and parsnip for the first time ever, and the dwarf beans are attracting all the slugs away from the lettuces, which are thriving. The tunnel house is getting more planted out, with phase 2 beds completed - tomatoes will probably give first fruit around February. I must post some photos.
Hows everyone's gardens doing mine is doing pretty well down here in Invercargill, still awhile before we get any tomatoes though. My jerusalem artichokes are doing really well. Quite a few people have asked do you like a few of the different things i am growing, my answer was nope havent tried them before haha
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