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« on: Mon 10 August, 2009 - 01:56 am »

Sow main season summer veges and flowers in containers under shelter where they will be protected from changeable weather.

Prepare vege garden soil, dig in winter green crops (or compost etc)

Soft tip cuttings can be taken from many herbaceous ornamentals and raised under shelter.

Plant out summer perenial flowers, prepare seedlings for summer flowering anuals.
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« Reply #1 on: Tue 11 August, 2009 - 03:48 pm »

  cut back the triffids,  find the vege garden - discover the back yard again..........., realise that the dog is long gone now that the growth has been cleared from around the kennel, realise that the two cats you had a year ago now fill up the entire back section...............ah....spring!!     
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« Reply #2 on: Tue 11 August, 2009 - 03:50 pm »

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and you finally remember that when the neighbours kids came over to play hide and seek, they never came out  eek
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« Reply #3 on: Tue 11 August, 2009 - 03:54 pm »

  silly me - and I thought that they were bones that the dog buried!!!!!

No wonder the neighbourhood has been quiet lately.  *makes note to leave the triffids just as they are*     
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« Reply #4 on: Tue 11 August, 2009 - 03:56 pm »

so better not try and claim the reward then???  eek
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« Reply #5 on: Tue 11 August, 2009 - 03:58 pm »

the reward is that they are no longer terrorising the neighbourhood!!


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« Reply #6 on: Tue 11 August, 2009 - 04:00 pm »

the wolf strikes again
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« Reply #7 on: Tue 11 August, 2009 - 04:00 pm »

        
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« Reply #8 on: Tue 11 August, 2009 - 04:02 pm »

so how much do you charge to take neighbourhood kids organic waste?
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« Reply #9 on: Tue 11 August, 2009 - 04:03 pm »

  If I enjoy it - then travel costs only!!!!

Give me time to find another 'safe location' for the 'waste' ok??


 

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« Reply #10 on: Sat 15 August, 2009 - 04:23 pm »

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« Reply #11 on: Mon 24 August, 2009 - 12:37 pm »




you know - I hadn't read any of that bulls**t above.   ^^^ funny buggers 




now I know spring has sprung - for real

 yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh     yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh

There are two tuis Sharing in the in full flower kowhai tree
the plum trees are flowering as well as the daffodils


but the best sign of all...


Is hubby having dumped a couple of truck loads of compost in my vege garden over the weekend, has spread it and is now there with the big tractor and rotary hoeing it all in for me.. aint he the bestest 

 yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh  yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh   the sun is shining, its warm and so is the ground temp.

It's early but its nearly planting time. 

 

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« Reply #12 on: Mon 24 August, 2009 - 01:54 pm »

 eek fudge you must have a large garden to be able to fit a tractor inside 
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« Reply #13 on: Mon 24 August, 2009 - 06:08 pm »

all the better for growing all your veges for the year in  eek

It's probably only about 20 mtrs by 20.... or so, have down sized 
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« Reply #14 on: Mon 24 August, 2009 - 06:12 pm »

sheesh! can I have some piccys when you're in full production? 
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« Reply #15 on: Mon 24 August, 2009 - 06:24 pm »

My plum stick (tree) has blossoms as well.  I thought it died over winter but no it is aliveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
 

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« Reply #16 on: Mon 24 August, 2009 - 06:27 pm »

they do that - its called being deciduous   

and spose Raven, don't see why not
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« Reply #17 on: Mon 24 August, 2009 - 06:31 pm »

That is a new word for me.

I am getting a pergola built for the front deck and was wondering (as you know so much in this area)....would a passionfruit vine be ok to grow over a pergola?
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« Reply #18 on: Mon 24 August, 2009 - 06:34 pm »

A passionfruit vine would love it.



I have mine growing through and over a (root stock taken over) cherry tree (because i was too lazy to train it along something - I just pointed it up the trunk   

Extremely untidy but the vine doesnt mind.
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« Reply #19 on: Mon 24 August, 2009 - 06:39 pm »

Fab - thanks Collie.   My sister is shouting the pergola which is so cool (for me doing her accounts throughout the year).

Our garden is a mess so I am going to try my best this summer to sort it out.  For Auckland gardens, we have a bigger garden than the normal small size or no sized gardens.  But in the winter it gets so boggy that we can't get to certain areas to weed - so I also want to do wee footpath duffers here and there so I can move around next winter and keep the gardens tidy. 

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« Reply #20 on: Sat 29 August, 2009 - 08:25 pm »

I gonna try tomatoes again, I only just ripped out the stakes from last years yesterday, got a bit of a task weeding too. Already have some wild potatoes growing out from under the weeds, and last years broccoli is kind of sprouting little bits, but I don't think anythings going to happen with it
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« Reply #21 on: Sun 30 August, 2009 - 03:23 pm »

I have got some beetroot/onion/cherry toms/passionfruit seeds arriving this week so next weekend time to pop in some containers.   I have to get some lettuce as well and I was thinking garlic. 

I have no idea if any of those are the right time but I will check it out this week just to make sure.  I pulled lots of weeds out of the garden today.  I think I have reacted to dirt haha - eyes have gone puffy and sore so I look like a junkie right now.
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« Reply #22 on: Sun 30 August, 2009 - 04:20 pm »

My cherry plum trees are busy blooming and I can smell them (its not pleasant) and I can feel a touch of hayfever because of it

two days of great weather and poof! out come the blooms and the leaves 
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« Reply #23 on: Thu 10 September, 2009 - 04:12 pm »

sheesh! can I have some piccys when you're in full production? 

still mostly empty, just the over winter veges etc and putting in a few rows of potatoes

but gives you an idea of the size - not very big.
And Yes, is time the pony was back in there to mow the grass 







but while I'm at it... my new took tooks.







and my raspberry patch

I started this patch last year, hard to believe but they are in rows, I need to tidy up the old plants and cut some bamboo to stake them, keep them under control.
... looking a fright because of all the suckers coming up that I need to shift but I'll get there. 



hard to see but all of last years stems are smothered in clusters of tiny flower buds.



nothing in my garden would ever win an award for tidiness or being prettily set out.
But I don't care about that as long as it's healthy and produces.  one could call it being lazy 
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« Reply #24 on: Thu 10 September, 2009 - 05:03 pm »

way cool! 

thanks for sharing the pics  and cause I know you like them so much, here's another 






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« Reply #25 on: Fri 11 September, 2009 - 04:05 pm »

That is so cool and who cares if it is tidy or not - as long as the fruit and veges that come along taste damn fine then you are on to a winner.

I have done nothing yet.   

I will plant the seeds this weekend...yeap I will...I promise. 
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« Reply #26 on: Mon 14 September, 2009 - 12:04 am »






got a few seeds on the go myself... 
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« Reply #27 on: Mon 14 September, 2009 - 08:49 am »

you've got a SHED haven't you




Last season I created a small garden on the east side of something, and am now finding it a tad soggy - what sort of plants would do best in it? Hoping for veg or veg/flower combo.
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« Reply #28 on: Mon 14 September, 2009 - 10:24 am »

no shed, just demolished it.
and they were on the kitchen bench, srill have to bring them
in at  night as it's still cold. at the moment we have a small raised plot
at the back door, and a strip about 1200 wide behind the garage. we have very sandy soil
so it drains quickly. good it doesn't get soggy , but needs lots of water in the summer
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« Reply #29 on: Mon 14 September, 2009 - 10:43 am »

nicely done JJ, they look great!
I recognise a few but what are they?

(A tolerant Pinky you have there too, hubby would have a fit if I plonked plants on the kitchen bench     but then I do have sheds.)

and in a sandy soil - making compost out of your grass clippings and newspapers

and household scraps (and whatever animal manure you can get  is a great way to fix that slight problem.) 

Raven - flog some sand from the river       or better still get pumice and also more soil (or compost) - lift its level above the rest of the area and hey presto you will have an awesome patch as well.   


That is so cool and who cares if it is tidy or not - as long as the fruit and veges that come along taste damn fine then you are on to a winner.

I have done nothing yet.   

I will plant the seeds this weekend...yeap I will...I promise. 


did you?


I've got more seedlings to plant out - I got lazy, bought them - went to the cheapest place we have around here  about half the price of the garden centres and the likes of mitre 10 but still nearly died at what the price added up to.

They have doubled in price over the last year   eek

and I'm way to stingey to accept that.
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« Reply #30 on: Mon 14 September, 2009 - 10:59 am »

lots of tomatos, basil, corriander, capsicum, chilli, lettuce, dill
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« Reply #31 on: Mon 14 September, 2009 - 06:46 pm »

ummmmm

so, lovely weather we are having
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« Reply #32 on: Mon 14 September, 2009 - 07:47 pm »

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no huh.

but yep, lovely weather     that makes me happy.


I just planted a row of red potatoes (4th row all up)  Red onions and beetroot.


 eek  got a bit of a red theme going there 

Seriously wondering if I dare plant a couple of rows of sweet corn already, normally an October thing.
Also noticed my strawberries are flowering like crazy  soo cited

It's a pretty time of year, with so many plants flowering.

And the blueberries are smothered in buds (and weeds    )  Though that'll only take an hour or so to clean up. Pretty much decided today that I'll buy a couple more blueberry plants so I can get more like a over flowing cupful of berries a day instead of just a handful.

Next after getting the veges and berry plants sorted is attacking the flower gardens for a gorgeous bright summer display.
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« Reply #33 on: Mon 14 September, 2009 - 08:22 pm »

   That's one massive garden Collie! And I gots to meet the new chooks    They'd just plopped a couple too. Nice and warm they were 
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« Reply #34 on: Mon 14 September, 2009 - 09:27 pm »

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« Reply #35 on: Sun 20 September, 2009 - 06:18 pm »

I am one step closer - I got some trays and potting mix today.  They look empty hehe....

I just did my nails - might have to get dirty tomorrow night. 
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« Reply #36 on: Mon 21 September, 2009 - 10:42 am »

 Brought to you by dab   so this is where pee got the get down and dirty Cyyly idea     

A tip for you - wear gloves. 

Those showa brand ones are great - cotton gloves dipped in rubber over the palm and fingers but leaves the top of your hand just cotton so your hands dont sweat. Depending on the shop costs between $11.00 - 16.00
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« Reply #37 on: Mon 21 September, 2009 - 09:29 pm »

 Angel   I will be planting and plowing tomorrow night 
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