Friday, April 08, 2011

works in progress

How can you not love autumn? After a sodden summer, we're being treated to balmy days with sun aplenty. Even after nightfall the warmth has pervaded, into golden evenings.

Yesterday we ordered a couple of cubic metres of compost to build up the garden bed, as it's dropped a good 30 cm since we first built in. In preparation for the arrival it meant an afternoon of pulling out the disappointing tomato crop and transplanting any surviving herbs and strawberry plants. Awful timing all round. The strawberries had just begun shooting off runners and the lovely hot chili plant was in full production. Who knows if they'll survive the disruption.

A quick pruning landed a bowl of (mostly) green chilies, to either be preserved in vinegar or whipped into a green harissa paste.

I also started raising some seedlings. Will see if this summer's seed saving experiment worked. With luck these toilet rolls will sprout spring onions, parsley and coriander...if I remember to water them.

How does your garden grow?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

With sugar snaps, snow peas, coriander (hopefully) and still sooooo many zucchinis.


6:36 pm  
Blogger Ann O'Dyne said...

yes re your first para - it was just delicious at 5pm tonight - the sky, the air, the cloud colours. soft air.

and growing food is such a good feeling.

6:43 pm  
Blogger Johanna GGG said...

I love autumn - have kale in my garden which grows brilliantly but is eaten by insects as soon as it grows - am hoping to have some lemons and limes from my little trees soon

love the use for the toilet rolls - hope those seeds take off

9:37 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

My garden will be a few weeks behind the season as I was waiting for Mister Muscle (aka the Significant Eater) to be around to lend a hand. Am attempting to grow parsley, coriander and spring onions from last seasons saved seeds. When the garden bed is ready to go there'll be silverbeet/chard cos it's so darn easy to grow and I've grown to like it again over the years. Maybe Kale and garlic again as well. Haven't decided on the rest just yet.

Johanna - My Kale didn't get eaten last year, maybe google companion gardening to see if there's something you can plant, like marigolds, to deter the bugs.
Sara - yum.
Ann - we had an amazing night on Wednesday taking the Christchurch refugees (aged 18 and 20) out for their last night in town. A magical evening.

9:51 am  
Anonymous Lucy said...

two rows of florence fennel (a staggered planting)

a row of coriander

a row of parsley

a long row of spinach

radishes, cavalo nero, rocket a-hoy...and all the lettuces that keep self-seeding.

everything's going off for me - pretty happy!!

3:20 pm  

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