Andrew has an aversion to pruning – well specifically fruit tree pruning. So the way I look at it is this, when the cat’s away, the mice will play. And as he has gone away with some good buddies on a surfing jaunt OS, I have had a nice time in the orchard pruning!
Yes, I finally pruned those pear, apples and quince trees and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience too! Sorry AB. But rest assured, it was a tiny trim.
Pruning now done and dusted … on to important things.
We had a stunning spring day yesterday – heaven sent. But today, there is more of the same Auckland weather, overcast with intermittent drizzle.
Grumbling aside, today I have decided to poke some cucurbit seeds into their own pots. As these are good sized seeds, I shan’t bother sieving the planting mix. These seedlings won’t have a problem shoving aside the dirt when they germinate. I have selected some nice heirloom varieties …
Zucchini – Cocozelle and Black Beauty
Cucumber – Long White Wonder, Tendergreen and Crystal Apple
Melon – Sweet Granite
Pumpkins – Turban, crown and Jack be Little
So as can be imagined, I’m excited. Obviously doesn’t take much to make me happy! LOL
Plus those seedlings indoors are coming along nicely too – and why wouldn’t they be?
It’s so nice seeing the garden come to life again. Trees are budding up, blossoms are showing off in the orchard and the bumbles and bees are out en masse.
My garlic is growing nicely … green stalk to the left of frame!
This mad jumble of greenery are the Egyptian walking onions.
As I like changing my mind, I even cleared a bed last week and threw in buckwheat seed. A top cover crop or green manure which the bugs will relish and so will the soil when it gets dug back in prior to planting summer crops.
Meet Sally an Australorp … cute ha?