It seems like I haven’t blogged in ages when the truth is, it has only been a couple of weeks. We battened down the hatches on Sunday as Cyclone Pam which caused devastation in Vanuatu was headed our way. Thankfully the Auckland area was relatively unscathed despite gusty winds and some heavy rain. The Gisborne district on the East Coast of NZ received the brunt with high seas and gale force winds, a blessing that the damage was only minor. Cyclone Pam is enroute to the Chattam Islands. I hope she runs out of puff.
Yes it’s a lemon!
At this time of year most things are looking on the tired side. The zucchini machines are winding down and only popping out the odd shaft – while their leaves are sporting powdery mildew which I snip off and poke in the rubbish. My cucumbers more often than not are on the bitter side, even though I water them daily -even the chooks turn their noses up at them!
I shoved my hand into the one of the potato beds last night and hauled out rather small purple heart spuds – hmm. I suspect that the insanely dry weather we have been experiencing may well be responsible and also the fact that I planted them later than usual. Into the corner Julie!
Not all is bad though, we are munching on delicious butter beans, beetroot, the jack-be-little pumpkins are looking orange, jalapeño chillies are being frozen for later :), habanero chillies are finally getting some size, the bananas are growing nicely, as are the figs, feijoas and quinces! So all in all I’m very happy.
Yes, I’ve pegged a self seeded tomato to the bean trellis!
I keep saying I will haul the beans off the trellis so I can poke peas in the ground – the good news is I’m half way through doing this ..
My seeds germinated 3 days after sowing and are now reaching for the sky. Daily watering and lots of TLC are in order.
That compost lasagna got turned a few days back – it was nice and hot in the middle. Perfect! So I scattered about more blood and bone, hosed it – gave it some words of encouragement and then tucked it in with grass clippings! LOL
Bill, hubby’s Dad, has gone back to the UK, but he left us with a wonderful selection of preserves, jams and jellies! His company and fine meals are greatly missed! Hugs to you .. and thank so much for all your help 😀