Summer rain …

Oh wow, in a blink January has gone – and what a hot, dry month it was too! Still, before it left the skies opened and we received a few days of much needed rain. Nothing like a good soaking provided from above. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the place greens up and …

Hello summer

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. …

My slice of heaven …

This garden statue was much loved by my father. He called her Myfanwy a Welsh name. He was so very proud of her and had her positioned in his garden in a prime position so that she could be admired, if only by him. When it was time to bring her to Frog Pond Farm, …

Get sowing …

  The weather was gorgeous last weekend .. there are buds forming on the peach trees in the orchard, the almond tree is already starting to show a few white blossoms, daffodils are nodding in the breeze and the hyacinths in the orchard are looking pink and pretty. How good is it standing back and observing? …

Harvest and The Garden Share Collective

Well it’s harvest time – grapes that is and I’m down in Marlborough camera in hand in the ‘thick’ of it. Wonderful place to be, plucking sauvignon blanc grapes from the vines and munching away on the succulent berries as I dart amongst the greenery taking pics for Toi Toi. Perfect! It’s time for another The Garden …

March on Autumn – The Garden Share Collective

It’s time for another The Garden Share Collective update.  A monthly community of like minded garden bloggers who put pen to paper to share their vege patches with all those interested – the trials and tribulations of growing your own! Love it. Autumn is here! Goodbye summer what a season you were, so very hot and dry …

Loving summer

Welcome to our summer garden … controlled mayhem or something like that. The garden has gone berserk in the last month – loads of growth, lots to harvest and pests to share it with. I don’t think I have ever known a year with so many flies .. horrible! And while there may be a …

Unwanted visitors ..

Well I can’t believe that it is nearly the end of January and I have only done one post. Oh dear, go and stand in the naughty corner Julie. Still the good news is at last I am blog motivated, I’m feeling inspired to share our garden mayhem. So what is happening in our plot? I …

A weekend of work

I’m sitting here slurping away on a Radler beer (whoops not Toi Toi – shame on me), cooking dinner and endeavouring to write another post. I have had the ‘best’ weekend in ages and it was a long one too – Labour day! Those spuds that I planted early September are growing like mad. They …

Get those beds planted!

Saturday was spent removing tired brassica plants, silver beet, parsley and lots of self seeded flowers from one of the raised beds (RB2). I have had my eye on this bed for a few weeks now and given that my beans, beetroot and lettuce all looked a tad uncomfortable in their pots, it was time …