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Latest Activity: Jan 31, 2019
Hi everyone...been a long time. Got a question. I've just harvested my first ever crop of shallots and have a lovely lots of bulblets for growing the next crop. Are shallots a one-season a year sower or can I sow those again now or not? If not, when's the next best time to plant?
Merry Christmas evreyone
*** Watches tumbleweeds blow through here ***
Hopefully it's because everyone is too busy growing (or battling the late spring) to post much here. But I do fear that oooby participation is dwindling - and possibly defecting to Facebook (where there's a super-active NZ gardening group). Remember folks, Facebook is ephemeral, and they can do whatever they like with your input. Knowledge shared here is easier to find and around for a long(er) -still no guarantees - time.
In the meantime, we have benefitted from a month's worth of wwoofers. Our vege garden is weed-free, two beds have been rebuilt (to a standard shape with matching chook tractor frame), and phase two of three of bed-building in the tunnel house is done. Land is cleared to create hugelculture beds. The downside is that our naturally late season is later, and I don't think we'll be harvesting anything (other than broad beans, which are just fattening up now) before February.
How is everybody's spring planting going?
Anyone got any tomato planting tips for labour weekend, or any other tricks people use?
The big seed order from Kings arrived fast, but just after prime seed-planting time - so I waited until the moon wasn't quite so full then got to it - might get some slower germination times. Finally have a good paste tomato - San Marzano. I must have been tired when I planted the Bloody Butcher I picked up from the local seed bank, as I didn't notice that the seeds were a little on the large side. After a longish delay, they have become a lovely crop of...cucumbers (or suspected cucumbers give the size of the seeds). I wonder if someoen is wondering why their cucumber seeds are growing into tomatoes?
Have planted all but my cherry tomatoes. I have 18 Oxheart, two Tula, 1 big beef and an unknown which is seed I saved from supermarket tomatoes called capri - anything could come from those seeds. Two days after planting tomatoes we are having light drizzly rain after about ten, yes ten, days without rain. So hoping they are off to a good start, especially with my special homemade tomato compost.
Most of the plants I have had in for 2-4 weeks are looking glum - the ground has been so wet I don't think they have ever been out of the soggy boggy conditions. I think I will pull them out and replant as I am sure they won't come to anything. Was overcast today so I put the tomatoes out for the afternoon, All looking good. And 6 cucumbers and two courgettes and two mini pumpkin sprouted today so things are looking good.
Our tomatoes are about 2cm tall at present. At least the Yellow Cherry ones are (100% germination, our own saved seed) - the Bloody Butchers (from the local seed swap) haven't appeared at all yet!. I've just pricked out the yellows into 2 per 100mm pot, and they are still in the kitchen.
Also only about 2cm tall are the carrots which I sowed as a filler crop in the tunnel house in July. Harrumph.
You are very funny Rex! How do you know the slugs won with the election....by their choice of eating your lettuce? Well, they may also need the beer if they lost election choice, eh? *<(:+)!!
We are making great progress in the garden. Not so much planted yet but the beans, lettuce and other greens, some corn and cukes I am trying to hide from the wind. We got some wwoofers to help clear the rubble and it has helped a lot, but I would have never believed some people could move so s l o w w w! Still, the work got done and I am grateful. Is anyone else eating strawberries?
Two very useful tips - I will head off to the garden centre and look for solid trays so I can try the mote idea. Will also put some beer out for them - they can celebrate their election win with a can or two ! ! !
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