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. And we know what the wind can do don’t we? It has also been a chilly lately, so when our shearer Murray rang to ask about shearing our two rather plump sheep, I was quick to say that it was still too cold … and yes I’m a blouse! The good news is, my girls will enjoy their woollen jumpers for a bit longer.
So what is happening in my garden? The buckwheat is growing nicely, even though an escapee chook has been scratching about in this bed. It’s time to throw about some more homemade seaweed fertiliser in the direction of the garlic, Egyptian & red onions. This is just the tonic they need for some serious spring growth. The old brassica and salad bed will stay intact until it is time to poke in the summer seedlings – the decision is made and the ground will be kept covered.
My strawberries are looking good. They will also enjoy a good splash of that seaweed brew and some more pine needle mulch. I often forget to mention that I have an array of herbs too ..
- oregano which is growing like mad appearing to be on steroids
- loads of parsley in various gardens, which given the time of year means it is going to seed
- pineapple sage that is sporting some lovely red blossom (salvia family)
- a rosemary plant which is about 4ft high and is swathed in purple flowers and bees
- lemon grass which is in dire need of some TLC
- chervil which has self seeded everywhere
- Vietnamese mint that is divine in my Asian salad dressing
- sorrel that is perfect stuffed into a sandwich or thrown over the fence to the chooks
- peppermint and mint
- horseradish and varieties of thyme
- stinging nettle with loads of new growth and I still haven’t been stung!
Of course, basil and coriander are growing happily indoors and will be planted out in the next few months.
I need to start chitting my spuds, which usually involves dipping them in more of that seaweed tonic and then sitting them in a warm spot to start sprouting. I have also decided that I need to acquire another codlin moth trap (the last one fell to bits) and this year I will actually ‘hang it in the orchard’!
This pic has nothing to do with anything, other than I wouldn’t mind a piece of cake right now!
Oh BTW, I have changed my mind on the shearing … Poppy was in my veg garden again yesterday munching on spinach. Now that’s gratitude for you.