Busy …

Busy times at Frog Pond Farm. Jeff (a good bloke) mulched all our olive cuttings, pine branches and a host of carbon bits that had been cluttering up the place. Now I have 3 rather good sized piles of mulch which I shall use on the veg garden and surrounds. Not the pine mind you … …

Short on words

I thought this week I would let the pics do the talking. We have been so busy planting, weeding, feeding, sowing and caring for all those chooks and chicks at Frog Pond Farm. And as the boys (hubby and brother) wanted to go fishing on the weekend without me, it was only fair that they …

Share that garden

I’m sitting in our dining room tapping madly away on my laptop. It’s time for another Garden Share Collective update, where a group of global garden bloggers put pen paper to share their veg patches with all those interested. If you get a chance, pop on over to Lizzie’s blog from Strayed from the Table …

Oh dear …

It looks like our lovely rooster Collin has leg problems. He is an ‘orpington’ which is a heavy breed and apparently prone to leg issues. He is lame and in the chicken world when you are a bloke this is not a good thing. He has stopped crowing, looks like some sad old man hunched up and …

Outdoors and loving spring!

We have a long weekend coming up Labour Day. Nice. Time to poke those Cherokee tomatoes into the dirt with some good buddies close by like basil. I’m even thinking of popping in a chamomile too – home grown of course. Yes, it is planting time at Frog Pond Farm. More on that next post. …

October chores

The weather over the weekend was stunning. Perfect for walks on the beach with the pooch and gardening – and we did lots of that! Those spuds we planted last weekend are shoving aside the dirt already – so I doused them in manure tea today for a bit of added encouragement. The strawberries are …

Not the olive trees ….

I was sitting in the dining room last night tapping away on the laptop writing this post. A particularly pleasant aroma was wafting around the room – rosemary, garlic and roast lamb (sorry all you vegetarians). Hubby was cooking our dinner … Truthfully not everything is always rosy at Frog Pond Farm.  Andrew arrived indoors the other night and said ‘something …

My slice of heaven …

This garden statue was much loved by my father. He called her Myfanwy a Welsh name. He was so very proud of her and had her positioned in his garden in a prime position so that she could be admired, if only by him. When it was time to bring her to Frog Pond Farm, …

I’m not grumbling!

I am loath to talk about the spring weather. Don’t get me wrong, I love that spring is here, the grass is growing like mad, spring flowers are blooming, blossoms are out in the orchard and buds are bursting on the trees. But the truth is, spring is often unsettled in Auckland and can be super windy. …

‘D’ stands for …

The question is what does ‘D’ stand for? How about seedling destruction by a diabetic old kitty, who by the way, is lucky to be alive! Traipsing through into the kitchen to do the morning chores the other day, while hubby was away, I was met by my seedling punnets on the floor minus the seedlings! What? …

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