Thursday, September 28, 2017

Still waiting *sigh*

After more rain and the blocks turning back into mud I still haven't been able to get out the rotary hoe to dig up the beds for spring planting. I am hoping that a few more days will see everything firm enough to give it a go so I don't think I will be behind, not like last year when it was wet for much longer.

I should be able to get some of my cucurbits out soon at any rate as they seem to be able to cope with a bit of cold as long as there isn't frosts.


 Just to see what they are like I bought a chook run to cover with insect mesh to make hand pollinating easier. It was easy to put together, all I have to do now is get the mesh on.

If you are into DIY though, I think it would be cheaper and last longer to build one out of treated posts. Great for a backyarder though.

My poor oca are telling me that it is well and truely time to get planted out. I should be able to do that in a few days.

I am going to grow a lot of oca this year and do quite a bit of testing to see which ones do best in the open ground. I will also try to get more seed - I just hope the weather is good enough to get them to flower this season.















Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Nearly planting time, yay

Finally, the nights are starting to warm up and we won't have many frosts to go. I have a few trays of cucurbits ready to plant and in a couple of weeks I will start sowing most of my other seeds.


 I had forgotten how wet our winters and early spring gets after the years of drought, so I am going to have to rethink my planting. Everything is still too wet to walk on and most of the plants I have in are rotting.
I think I will have to stop trying to grow biennials that have to go through the winter like carrots and brassicas - here is a pic of red Brussels sprouts rotting in the mud.

It is going to reduce my planned income but can't be helped.

My native mountain pepper bushes are still holding onto their berries so I harvested them to put in packets. The have more fruit on them than ever before and I am thinking of putting in a couple of rows just to sell the leaves and dried berries to local restaurants. At least they do well in the cold and wet - though they grow best under shade so that is an extra expense.



From now on I will be posting more updates because I will be busy working. It is always hard having to sit on my hands over the cold months.









Sunday, September 3, 2017

Just a quick update

It is still far too wet to get on my blocks to do any work, except for a sunny day a few days ago after no rain for a few days. I did manage to do a heap of mowing without getting the lawnmower bogged, just.

 I know there is still a heap of frosts to go this month, and this winter the frosts have been colder than for the past few decades, but I am so impatient that I just had to get out a put a few seeds in trays.

Well, if they don't germinate or get burnt off I can still sow later.

I have been looking at my seed stores and taking out the seeds I am going to plant this spring. Writing out tags, and sorting is fun. Sometimes it is hard though to choose what to plant each year.

When the weather and temps improve and I have more to write about I will update, this time next month I will be very busy.