Without doubt, one of my favourite things to do in my garden is plant garlic. Yesterday I shoved 36 of the best specimens I could get my mitts on (all grown here of course) into the soil. Variety? Who knows – but I’m confident that they are heirloom.
Being huge garlic fans, we just happened to have a bed ready to go. It was devoid of vege and had been prepped recently with all sorts of good organic material … food scraps, coffee grounds, horse poo and compost. Terrific stuff. As I prefer the ‘no dig method of gardening’ and as this bed was fairly friable, I have left it alone, no aerating with the broad fork either. I often think in feet and inches (I know I’m giving away my age), so it was a highlight finding a dressmaking stick complete with ruler that my Dad had made for Mum years ago. So yours truly not only had the spacing between the cloves spot on, but I used the stick as a dibble tool to make the planting holes. Sensational! Pa would be impressed. The rows were approx 20 inches apart .. and the garlic in each row approx 8 inches apart (these are good sized garlic). Usually I leave them half in half out, but not this year. Nope, these guys were dropped into a hole approx 2 – 3 inches deep and then covered up. Perfect! To top it off, I used some Earth Zing which is a soil enhancer and some Rok solid … scattered this brilliant stuff about and then liberally hosed it all in. To complete the garlic lasagna, I covered the lot with netting, which should keep the black birds at bay and our pooch who I think has been burying bones!
To finish my day in the garden, I splashed about some of my homemade seaweed and fish fert brew. The lucky recipients were the peas and a cloche full of brassicas.
I’m not sure if you grow feijoas or whether you like them if you do. I’m very fond of the perfumed fruit which originated from South America. To be honest, I was sure that our crop this year was lousy – something to do with the lack of water over summer. Well it appears that I am either blind or these suckers have grown like mad lately. Andrew has already hauled in at least 4 – 5 bucket loads with a promise of more to come. So today I carefully peeled a few kilos and popped them into freezer bags. They make the best dessert with crumble topping and lashings of cream. Each morning I grab a couple of ripe feijoas to start the day and then pour more of them stewed over my muesli. Yum! I’m doing a sensational job of eating as many as possible, and as Kiwi’s do at this time of year – ‘give loads of them away’.
This banana hand is now hanging proudly in our garage
If Edith could talk she would say “do you mind, I’m laying!”
How beautiful is this rose in our garden?
I have no idea whether this pic is good or not, but I like it! Zinnias
This splendid mushroom shot in Marlborough is for Robyn 🙂
I hope you enjoyed Easter.