I started a gardening diary about a year ago, when we had just moved into a short term rental house in Oneroa. I didn't put enough energy into that garden to make a record of it anything worth sharing. This time I'm doing it for myself. This is my record, with pics, to keep a track of what I did and when and over time, what the result of these turns out to be.

This afternoon, I needed some alone time to recharge, so went out into the garden.

I had some bought seedlings from the market:

  • 4 Pok Choy
  • 4 Silverbeet (Chard)
  • 6 Lettuce
  • 5 Pea
  • $10.00

I also had about 6 Pepino and 1 Cape Gooseberry I'd raised from seed.

First I took a wheelbarrow full of nutrient rich mix from the chicken run, it's amazing how effective They are at converting kitchen waste and some horse manure to something valuable!

Using all the pots that previously had plants, but which had all died due to neglect over the longest drought Waiheke had seen, in the summer just passed. I added a bit of horse manure, then some of the chicken run material to each before planting them out.

Chicken run to the right, and four of the five pots in view and the peas in the centre of the frame.

Simon's garlic, and Pak Choy

Garlic, Lettuce and some wild Puha that had been growing in abundance in one of the pots.

2 Pepino and 1 Cape Gooseberry (2 of my favourite fruiting plants - for the quick fruiting time, from seed to harvest)

1 pepino in the centre

Garlic (from the newly opened Waiheke Buyers Club), Lettuce and Silverbeet.

This pot up on the deck, has Simon's Garlic and WBC Garlic, Puha, and Lettuce.

A light rain came through just after i finished.

It's almost a week now, since I listened to Stoneleigh speaking at the Transition Towns conference in South Devon. That talk along with the subsequent reading, that has come along this week, much of which I posted on my Facebook page, has given me cause to make some changes. Kim and agreed to take some money out of the bank, and I felt moved to make mid winter a good enough moment to get into the garden of the new rental house we arrived in three months ago.

It was refreshing, to be getting into the soil, horse manure, and setting out garlic cloves and seedlings, while listening to Alan Weisner talk about his book "The world without us".

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Comment by Connie Bellet on July 8, 2010 at 1:07am
It's the middle of the growing season here in Maine, and the garden is abundant and gorgeous! It is now open as an organic Community Garden, overseen by Connie, who has just completed the Master Gardener's course at Colby College.
The model for the Community Garden is based on "sweat equity." The Living Communities Foundation builds the raised beds (20), fills and plants them, and people spend an hour working in the garden and take home whatever they need. There is input from the clientele about what they would like to see planted. And, since 20 hours of community service is required of all graduating high school seniors, this is a service opportunity. So far, it's working well. Plus, the garden is supplying salads and other produce for the monthly Senior Luncheon at the local church.
The cedar raised beds offer a comfortable seat for weeding, harvesting, and planting. This is ideal for elders and others with mobility issues, who are unable to put in their own gardens, but still want to get their hands in the soil.

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