A Little Effort Often Is The Secret To Growing Great Vegetables

Whilst maintaining our vegetable garden over winter I often felt that it had grown much too big but now that spring is upon us its a very different story. The last time I paced out the fence line it equated to about 130 square metres and is more than double what is was in February 2009 .

Our potatoes went in about a month back and since then more veggies have been planted out every few days. There’s still a few gaps that can be utilised however it wont be long before the garden will be as congested as an Auckland motorway prior to a long holiday weekend. Its amazing how quickly it fills up and I’m thankful that we have plenty of space.

More vegetables means less opportunity for the weeds plus I can’t see the point in losing litres of sweat shifting mountains of muck, mulch and horse manure if one doesn’t produce plenty of fresh vege. We haven’t eaten any tomatoes since last season so I’m really looking forwarded to our first monstrous feast of one of our favourites. That’s still a little way off as traditionally Labour weekend just passed is when tomato seedlings get planted out.

Anyhow rather than boring you with more of my ramblings I will post a few photos of how things look just now. The other reason is time or more importantly the lack of it as there doesn’t seem to be enough hours despite daylight saving.

Below: Seedlings ready to be planted out.

Cucumbers are going to to be trained over frames as this worked well last year. Crystal Apple and Lebanese.

Agria potatoes are looking good.

Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli safe under cover away from, the birds.

Bring on the warmth and sunshine as the tomato seedlings are all labeled, staked and ready to grow. Six different varieties here including usual Beefsteak, Money Maker and one I’ve not grown before Bloody Butcher.

Netting is required here as the birds love the strawberries just as much as we do.

As rats decimated our Honey and Pearl corn last year I’ve covered the seed with wire netting and have a number of traps about the section set with tasty, tempting peanut butter treats. I’m sure there are other vegetables I’ve not mentioned however blogging about gardening is a little like doing it. A little bit often otherwise ones energy and enthusiasm wanes and the enjoyment of growing one’s own can be lost.

Please visit again in a few weeks as our garden is very much a work in progress and yes I need to finish the fence otherwise Jessie and co our hens, could ruin everything.

3 Responses

  1. PippaCain
    PippaCain |

    Your garden fencing, netting and staking is marvellous – now I know why I lose so much to other vegetarians! Can you tell me how tall your tomato stakes are and what do you use to tie the tomatoes as they grow?

  2. Rawinia
    Rawinia |

    Wow….. just happened upon your awesome posts. I am keen amateur gardener who is hoping to foster that keenest with students at my Kura.
    Loved the pics and tips. Makes me think that I need to invest in some netting, framing and Seedling house.
    I will be back, thanks for sharing :)

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