I actually don’t really mind winter too much, I just despair when there is rain day after day. I love that winter means wearing layers of clothes, boots and scarves, and dining on soups with crusty warmed bread and lashings of butter. It is also time to open the larder door and peek inside finding jams, jelly, pickles and preserves that Bill kindly spent time making over summer (I did a few too 🙂 ).
Auckland is renown for rain and given the volumes we have been receiving lately, my veg garden is doing surprisingly well. Of course its positioning on a hillside with great drainage helps considerably. Do you mulch? I heard a gardener say the other day that mulching at this time of year isn’t a great idea and can cause an anaerobic environment. Hmm, I guess if your drainage is poor this may well be the case, but rain on unprotected soil isn’t great either, washing away nutrients, organic material and exposing roots.
I need to start thinking about sowing seed in trays. I have given up making my own seed growing mix … but now buy it instead and opt for the organic stuff. Fun times ahead.
I actually love the process of shuffling through the seed packs. Deciding on what and when. Truth is, I need to get cracking on the gardening plan …
The sparrows and ducks are still partaking of our chook food .. shame on them, while the turkey numbers are multiplying.
Just a few things to share with you …
We are thinking of a holiday .. going somewhere warm for a week. I’m looking forward to that!