We have germination! Those seedlings are up … I’ve even pricked out some of the zinnia, spinach and Cherokee toms which are now sitting quite happily in punnets with a good planting mix. They have been sprayed with seaweed fertiliser which I’m sure they enjoyed and are due to be moved into our small greenhouse.
Andrew woke up on Saturday morning raced outdoors and gave the Ngaio or Mousehole tree a rather serious haircut. This is a New Zealand native which is a fast growing evergreen shrub or small tree. In saying that, it takes no time to get to a height of 10 metres. This unwanted Kiwi, was doing a fine job of shading our greenhouse, so with it reshaped, I’m ever hopeful that those seedlings will get plenty of sun.
I’m still sowing more seeds. Beetroot (white and red chioggia) has also been poked into seed trays, along with their good buddies ‘lettuce’ – think freckles, great lakes and butter crunch.
Am I happy? You bet!
I must say, I’m probably a damn sight happier than my chickens are though. That strapping rooster Colin who is crowing at every opportunity has turned into an ‘overactive lad’ and is creating havoc with those hens.
Meal time at Frog Pond Farm was always an enjoyable experience, followed by a leisurely stroll to the water bowl, where the girls could be seen sipping on water and pondering their day. Now those hens ‘peck and run’ foregoing their evening drink to hightail it up the hill and away from Colin. Can’t say I blame them! Ah the trials and tribulations of being an older chook living with a young virile rooster, who by the way, rather ‘fancies’ himself.
Meet Eric.. our gorgeous moggie! Fine ratter too ..
Yes there is much happening at the farm. Spring is on the way and that is so exciting, I even spotted the first blossoms on one of our plum trees!
Have I finished pruning those olives, have I? Not likely, and I also need to add the pears and apples to that ‘must prune’ list.
And it just so happens that we are heading to Central Otago this week to check on those vineyards. Time to take some more pics of vines, wine and New Zealand’s beautiful scenery. Lucky ah?
I’m a bit short of pics this week sorry – but as always, our local beach looks the picture! 🙂
PS if you love preserved lemons then this recipe by Greg Malouf is a winner! Hope you enjoy Annette …