August 28, 2011

Just planted 10 seeds of Cucurbita Pepo Zucchine Italian Striped. Put them in toilet rolls – theory is that once the frosts have cleared you put the whole thing in the ground so minimises disturbance of the roots.


Spring Seeds

August 27, 2011

Just munching on a final few turnips that sat in the garden all winter without getting any bigger than a golf ball – they were nice – very crunchy and a little bit sweet with a hint of radishy flavour – not really worth it for the six mths they sat in the garden.

Just put some new seeds in – hopefully not too many hard frosts to come. Got the seeds from TradeMe (gardenstuff). So far have planted today:

  • Corn Supersweet Madison Gold F1 – just two short rows for now
  • Russian Red Kale – 1 row across a raised bed
  • Petit Pois Provencale – 1 row under the quince tree – plan to do some follow up plantings in a fortnight or so

Also moved the strawberries from the middle of the raised beds to the edges – I gather the idea is to get the leaves and fruit growing over the edge so they don’t go rotten.


August 21, 2011

Peas have also gone in this weekend to see if I can get an early crop going (hopefully no more snow) – “easy peasee” variety left over from last year. I have also bought some “petit peas” to go in a bit later. Peas were a rare success from my efforts last year so plan to go long with them this year.


August 21, 2011

Last year’s effort was a complete flop – I bought seed potatoes, potato food, dug a trench, covered them as they grew – and harvested about the same number of potatoes as I planted. I was convinced to given them another go this year but this time I have gone with potatoes from the pantry and just thrown them in the ground au naturale – not sure that is the secret to success but at least I am in the game


August 21, 2011

Gave Celeriac a run over the winter – not too bad – I don;t think mine grew particularly well – it developed masses of tendrilly roots off the base of what I think is the desired solid base. Very tasty though – we used them in stews. Given not much else grew I think I will give them another go next years

A little snow!

August 15, 2011


Lake Lyndon trout

July 2, 2011

Freezing cold this morning but at least some success – on a self tied Woolly Bugger