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« Reply #300 on: Fri 2 December, 2011 - 06:53 am »

 eek  I picked 3 dandelions out of my blue corner garden. Section is 2 years old so my gardens are a bit sparse at the moment.

I think we planted spinach at the wrong time as it is going to seed, the kids love spinach and I throw it in just about everything I make - but it's not going to work this time of the year - I'm sure the last lot I planted was towards winter because I had a great crop all winter. Ah well My Nan always said when she came visiting and met me at my front door holding onto a bunch of weeds that I didn't have much of a green finger - which is a little bit embarrassing because all my grands and my parents are fantastic gardeners.
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« Reply #301 on: Fri 2 December, 2011 - 08:17 am »


 
yellow looks good with blue, lux


 

and look on the bright side, with all those clever gardeners around you, you dont need to be

 
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« Reply #302 on: Fri 2 December, 2011 - 12:14 pm »

Sounds like you have a great garden binty. I could almost smell country when reading your post. Smiley
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« Reply #303 on: Fri 2 December, 2011 - 07:09 pm »

thanks lux

it isnt anything special, but it is all mine



 front garden / lawn



from the other direction



out the back






and one very small vege garden



not much to see as seeds are still popping up and the plants are babies ...but hey - they grow
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« Reply #304 on: Fri 2 December, 2011 - 07:35 pm »

That's an awesome garden, love the big old trees and the pretty pink flowers hanging down in the front, the animals must love it at your place Smiley

Looks like good soil you have there too and fertiliser to go! Love it.



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« Reply #305 on: Fri 2 December, 2011 - 07:40 pm »

everything thrives here
(except for pesky possums if I have a gun in my hands)

kinda organic by accident - the only fertiliser I use as such, is the compost we make on the farm.

but thank you
it's a nice wee spot of paradise
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« Reply #306 on: Thu 8 December, 2011 - 02:13 pm »

how does it grow?
it doesn't! everything is slow and stunted this year.
bought some plants from the garden center with some
growth on, so they might have a chance

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/christchurch-earthquake/news/article.cfm?c_id=1502981&objectid=10771302

You might have to import from the North Island until things have well and truly settled.
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« Reply #307 on: Mon 19 December, 2011 - 01:52 am »

   Garden got totaled by the rain in taranaki, was looking so pretty before the bastard upstairs pee'ed all over it.   
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« Reply #308 on: Thu 5 January, 2012 - 06:58 pm »

I just had another lettuce from the garden tonight plus made a dressing with the coriander.  I so have my first belt in green thumb land.  soo cited

I also hoed the vege garden today.  I can't say I had a hoeing time but no more weeds.  
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« Reply #309 on: Fri 6 January, 2012 - 09:57 am »

Beetroot must be just about ready to plunder, excited about that, didn't realise it was so easy to grow, have had lots of yummy fat strawberries - so can thank the rain for that, lettuces, silverbeet, butter beans, all thriving, pulled the spinach will plant some more for the winter - I ain't hoeing in my garden my vege box isn't big enough  .
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« Reply #310 on: Fri 6 January, 2012 - 10:38 am »

I adore beetroot.  Mine is not ready yet but my dad keeps sending some of his around.  I even love it raw (grated)....yum. 

My girlfriend who is over from England was like....you have veges and they are actually growing!   
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« Reply #311 on: Fri 6 January, 2012 - 11:51 am »

been making juicies to drink - watermelon, beetroot, raspberries and apple
stunning red colour and delicious.

Raw of course


and well done cylly

and Lux its a vege that will grow in the winter time too (just slower)

The triffids have taken over here again in my absence so I'm beating them into submission, almost got my vege garden all weeded so i can plant a new succesion of plants so I have a continuous supply coming ready to eat.
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« Reply #312 on: Fri 6 January, 2012 - 12:14 pm »

my husband does the vege garden and I do the flower gardens.

I love the colour and fragrance and being able to pick flowers to bring inside.
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« Reply #313 on: Wed 12 December, 2012 - 11:21 am »

Would grow better if the neighbourhood cats didn't use it as a friggin toilet


After watering this morning...used a liberal sprinkling of cayenne pepper eek

Shall be listening for sneezing pussies 
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« Reply #314 on: Wed 12 December, 2012 - 11:35 pm »



Shall be listening for sneezing pussies 


 eek             ignore     
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« Reply #315 on: Mon 13 May, 2013 - 01:08 am »

My new garden grows quite well.

Lovely white standard roses out the front, red at the back.

Lots of violet as ground cover and grannys bonnet popping up everywhere.

Even some grape hyacinth here and there, a couple of lilac trees and a big section of irises.

Lots of shades of purple but at least it's not bloody pink 

The owner is not a prissy fiddly gardener so no tears spilt about things dying off or needing pruning.

There's a LARGE apricot tree in the middle of the back section which is currently shedding it's leaves so theres lots of green and gold colour everywhere. Luvly stuff.
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« Reply #316 on: Sat 13 July, 2013 - 08:17 pm »

Today I got all my fruit trees pruned - some a little harsher than others, but as most are only 2-3 years old, I'm hoping that this will mean a really good crop of fruit this year
Also got the first wee green noses up through the dirt in the little greenhouse for my vegetable self sufficiency project...  Odells lettuce and tree lettuce!  Will pop into the Clevedon markets tomorrow to see if Running Brook Seeds have anything new and interesting - also need to get a bucket o mushrooms!

Hey Collie - how are your Mushrooms doing? 
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« Reply #317 on: Sat 13 July, 2013 - 08:23 pm »

She's quite lucid at the moment so I'd say they're growing poorly.
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« Reply #318 on: Sat 13 July, 2013 - 10:44 pm »

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« Reply #319 on: Sun 14 July, 2013 - 06:27 pm »

Awwwwwwwwwwww

If anyone can make mushrooms grow, it's that Gal! Angel
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« Reply #320 on: Sun 14 July, 2013 - 07:46 pm »

She's quite lucid at the moment so I'd say they're growing poorly.





 
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« Reply #321 on: Sun 14 July, 2013 - 07:46 pm »

Awwwwwwwwwwww

If anyone can make mushrooms grow, it's that Gal! Angel


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« Reply #322 on: Sun 14 July, 2013 - 07:50 pm »

giggles

Ooh Collie - got me some white strawberry seeds today - yum yum yum!!!
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« Reply #323 on: Sun 14 July, 2013 - 08:03 pm »

 
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« Reply #324 on: Sun 14 July, 2013 - 10:11 pm »

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Ooh Collie - got me some white strawberry seeds today - yum yum yum!!!


    you grow the seeds not eat them!!!
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« Reply #325 on: Mon 15 July, 2013 - 09:59 am »

 

Thou art the Garden Queen....



 



 
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« Reply #326 on: Mon 15 July, 2013 - 11:16 am »

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« Reply #327 on: Mon 15 July, 2013 - 11:41 am »

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« Reply #328 on: Mon 15 July, 2013 - 12:51 pm »

Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum!!!

I saw some oyster mushroom dowels advertised at Koanga for $32


     Thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinking....
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« Reply #329 on: Mon 15 July, 2013 - 01:26 pm »

dont think - just DOEEET   
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« Reply #330 on: Mon 15 July, 2013 - 01:52 pm »

Ya Ya - I have printed the info, and will talk with himself tonight

Am thinking the area behind the green shed stays nice and mo*st all year round, so that might be a good spot for some doweled logs...?  Oyster, s**take and a couple of others...  Mmmmmmmmm

Little seedies are planted in the greenhouse to get them started nice and early, and I have little rows of lettuces which have popped up  - all very exciting for the middle of winter!  Once they're properly soaked, I'll start a whole patch of blue peas so that they're ready to go out in spring too.
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« Reply #331 on: Mon 15 July, 2013 - 01:53 pm »

 eek   moist eh   
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« Reply #332 on: Mon 15 July, 2013 - 02:00 pm »

um.. yes. yes, good idea.    yes.



my winter crop  everything in miniature - if i stay here though, the soil will be fantastic for growing next year, all the horse s**t and compost i incorporated into it - looks lusciously rich now, and has big fat worms working it





still got broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, peas, beans carrots (btw those veges are red carrots, yams and kumera in that photo along with the pumpkin) and beetroot growing in my little garden plots.
Grew a heap of tomatoes from a single plant and turned most of them into a yummy chutney ... not too bad for a transient

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« Reply #333 on: Mon 15 July, 2013 - 02:09 pm »

Ooooooh Beautiful!

I've just made up some more sauerkraut - one with caraway seeds, one with cumin seeds, so we'll see how they both turn out.  Got to play with the new food processor to shred the cabbage, and BOY does it work a treat!  Will know in 7-10 days how good it is - just used salt, no whey this time.

I've just come in from planting 6 different types of seeds - from vanilla passionfruit to stinging nettles - so will see how much pops up.  Have planted some balm of gilead too, so if you want seedlings later on, let me know - brilliant stuff for nasal and sinus congestion.

My plan is to be totally self sufficient for eggs, chicken, fruit and vegetables by the end of the year.   
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« Reply #334 on: Mon 15 July, 2013 - 03:47 pm »

You girls are awesome, I wish I had the time to put in the effort and get more clued up about the garden scene, I like reading in here. 
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« Reply #335 on: Mon 15 July, 2013 - 06:27 pm »

it actually takes very little effort if you know what youre doing.

I have found down this way - the weeding has been practically non existent - was too dry for weeds and weeding is what always takes the most time, so I've been as pleased as punch.  I have 'made' my soil (it was sand) by incorporating bought compost and horse poo mixed into the sand (with some nitraphoska - blood and bone would have been as good if not better, but that wasnt readily available 

With fresh soil as such - no build up of weed seeds and 9 months later that mix has broken down into a fabulous looking mix, the plants are VERY healthy and no weeds.  Come spring, if I am still here that mix will give me a brilliant harvest.  All i've done is bought a few vege seedlings about every 6 weeks, and that has given me a succession of fresh veges.

WE could talk you through it step by step if you want Lux, it is really very simple, like anything, once you know how.
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« Reply #336 on: Mon 15 July, 2013 - 06:30 pm »

Ooooooh Beautiful!

I've just made up some more sauerkraut - one with caraway seeds, one with cumin seeds, so we'll see how they both turn out.  Got to play with the new food processor to shred the cabbage, and BOY does it work a treat!  Will know in 7-10 days how good it is - just used salt, no whey this time.

I've just come in from planting 6 different types of seeds - from vanilla passionfruit to stinging nettles - so will see how much pops up.  Have planted some balm of gilead too, so if you want seedlings later on, let me know - brilliant stuff for nasal and sinus congestion.

My plan is to be totally self sufficient for eggs, chicken, fruit and vegetables by the end of the year.   

you can keep the suuerkraut 

and ive got a bone to pick with you - that wine was $1.00 DEARER at NW   
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« Reply #337 on: Mon 15 July, 2013 - 06:38 pm »

Whaaaaaaat??  Not up here it ain't!  Was just in NW two days ago and it was $9.99 - at Countdown today it was $23.99!!!

Nah - Sauerkraut has a bad rep, but is actually really good!  Good for you too, but don't tell anyone I said that

Ooooooooooh - just took Hubby out to see the wee baby lettuces in the greenhouse - I have about 4 varieties which have popped up nicely, so should cover off when the ones I have in the garden have done their dash.

Is it time for wine yet??
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« Reply #338 on: Mon 15 July, 2013 - 08:14 pm »

Whaaaaaaat??  Not up here it ain't!  Was just in NW two days ago and it was $9.99 - at Countdown today it was $23.99!!!

Nah - Sauerkraut has a bad rep, but is actually really good!  Good for you too, but don't tell anyone I said that

Ooooooooooh - just took Hubby out to see the wee baby lettuces in the greenhouse - I have about 4 varieties which have popped up nicely, so should cover off when the ones I have in the garden have done their dash.

Is it time for wine yet??
PERFECT TIMING, RIGHT NOW  oops caps   

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« Reply #339 on: Mon 15 July, 2013 - 08:30 pm »

 

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« Reply #340 on: Tue 16 July, 2013 - 02:07 pm »

Little early spud garden is now weeded - if I can only keep it under control for another 2 months I can put the early Xmas Spuds in there!  Beautiful soil, weeds just popped out like nobodies business!

Tons of self seeded silverbeet too - so either we or the chooks will feast well on that!

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« Reply #341 on: Tue 16 July, 2013 - 02:25 pm »

..chook food - make great eggs to eat 
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« Reply #342 on: Tue 16 July, 2013 - 03:02 pm »

 

My silverbeet is now scared...
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« Reply #343 on: Thu 18 July, 2013 - 10:58 am »

That wee bag of dried peas I bought at the supermarket the other day for $2 has given me about 2l of sprouted peas!!!  Now I need to get these babies into the garden!
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« Reply #344 on: Fri 26 July, 2013 - 05:22 pm »

Starting from scratch again again I am I is

Leaving garden trails behind me 


Planted a lemon tree the other day and I've started moving compost to the area I'm going to plant in. Am going to the local river to collect rocks to make the garden edging.

Project in progress   When there's something to photograph, I'll do that 
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« Reply #345 on: Fri 26 July, 2013 - 06:20 pm »

 

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« Reply #346 on: Fri 26 July, 2013 - 08:26 pm »

It's barren with the rotting  remains of last summer in it. I needs some serious work..  soon!


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« Reply #347 on: Fri 26 July, 2013 - 08:55 pm »

Sure! Will ya feed and house me and the whanau? 
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« Reply #348 on: Fri 26 July, 2013 - 09:17 pm »

why not, we have two empty rooms.   
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« Reply #349 on: Sat 27 July, 2013 - 12:02 am »

That doesn't include the dog houses! 
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