There is much happening at Frog Pond Farm … Sally has gone clucky and is storming around the place ambushing the sheep and performing circus acts on their backs.
The chicks who are now mini hens have been discarded by their mum Gladys and are now having to ‘tough’ it up in the chook world. Our garden is on steroids which I guess may have something to do with all the homemade fertilisers that I chuck liberally about. And that ‘to do’ list is growing …
What’s more, it is Garden Share Collective month the first for 2015 … a beaut initiative where a group of global bloggers share their veg patches. The trials and tribulations of gardening. Pop on over to Lizzie’s blog from Strayed from the Table and meet the crew!
So what has been happening … oh dear how long have you got?
A variety of nameless sprouting spuds have been poked in trenches in a raised bed lined with comfrey leaves (think of a soft green potassium / nitrogen blanket). This bed was prepped with a host of things, coffee grounds, food scraps, home made compost, sweet smelling and crawling with worms, rok solid, wood ash.
As I’m a twit and over plant I learnt a nasty little lesson a week ago. Whilst ferreting about in the allium garden, I noticed with horror that our red onions were starting to rot in situ and some of the Egyptian walking onions were doing the same. Some quick action was required other than to grab a hanky .. so I hauled out those red alliums and thinned those EWO so they could breath and enjoy the air and sunshine.
I’m removing laterals from my Cherokee toms and propping them up as they flop about the place. But they do look so very happy planted amongst basil, coriander and marigolds. I’m a firm believer in flowers growing with my vegetables.
Cosmos planted in the salad garden
Needless to say, I have been sloshing about volumes of seaweed brew and comfrey tea. Questionable as to whether I wear as much as my garden does.
‘His and her’ farm vehicles
I even zoomed around the orchard the other day spraying seaweed brew over those fruit trees … and yes the possums are back!
- Purple heart and Cliff Kidney spuds – I have decided that I will leave them in the ground and we will dig them up each day as needed. Are they delicious? You bet
- A few bird pecked plums
- Lettuce – lots of them and I have been juicing them as well
- NZ spinach – over the fence to the chooks and into the juicer
- Herbs – our garden is bursting with them
- Spring onions – enjoying sharing salad bowls with the lettuce
- Red onions – as above
- Egyptian walking onions
- Beetroot – a juicing ‘must have’ and I will start roasting them when I remember
- Sorrell – into salads and sandwiches (oh divine) and over the fence to the chooks
- French dwarf beans
- Tomato pot variety which should never have been planted in the same bed as the cuc!
- Our wonderful eggs
Dwarf tom – pot variety
- Throw a rock at the rat that keeps stealing my strawberries – nice to know the netting is not working
- Net more fruit trees this is an tedious task
- Glare at the wild turkeys waiting around the orchard
- Get hubby onto the possum problem
- Weed, feed and water the garden, pots and flower beds an endless task
- Preserve more lemons
- Lift Sally off the nest morning and night and give her a cuddle
- Grab more comfrey leaves for fertiliser tea (not the teapot kind)
- Stop gloating at the size of the red onions
- Get ready for the onslaught of family visitors and get out the work clothes! LOL
- Wait impatiently for the last bed of spuds planted to shove aside the soil and get that greenery out
- Prop up Scoresby dwarf tom as it tumbles over its neighbours
- Keep trimming back the NZ spinach it is choking stuff
- Watch the painted lady runner beans sway in the breeze their blooms promises of lots of green lengths
- Plant the Blue Dawn blueberry
- Feed the cutting celery
- Get ready for the invasion of green shield beetles I have spotted and squashed a few nymphs
- Stop grumbling living in Auckland means black spot on the roses
- Wear gardening gloves my hands look atrocious!
- Get a worm farm
- Thin out my carrots big time!
I’ve never been great at succession planting, but there is always a first time for everything isn’t there? So I just happen to have a tray of chioggia and Detroit beetroot plus a variety of lettuce seeds by the back door.
There is much activity in the orchard too …
Doyenne du comice pear
French sugar fig
Fluffy Turkish quince
Unknown plum variety ..
More bananas are on the way
Thanks for stopping by