Saturday, December 07, 2013

Raumati

Volatile spring slowly bringing the heat and sunshine. Celery - which the boys planted in their vege patches -have been afflicted by an infestation of thrippy looking things. This was quickly followed by a swarm of ladybirds but the damage has been done. Pulled them out and dumped them...


Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Koanga

Ae, Spring has sprung though I'm not rushing the planting as we're sure to have some frosts to come.

The winter crops have fared well - brussell sprouts, kale, leeks...



Bruno is working  small plot as a homework assignment. He's going to plant stawberries, lettuce and broccoli.


Saturday, May 04, 2013

It's been such a long hot summer that I've delayed putting the vege garden to bed for winter.

Planted out some Kale a couple of months ago, and just put in some more (Russian Red's).

l-r, Brussels Sprouts, Kale, remnant lettuce...

l-r Kale seedlings, leeks, celery, silver beet, bantam corn (as frost protection)...

Kamokamo, saved for seed (my size 10 1/2  $10  converse imitations from warewhare)...


Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

Mushrooms on Lincoln's cricket field

A bonus a couple of weeks ago when the heavy rains brought out a number of fairy rings on Lincoln's cricket field...


I plucked a bag, gave some to mum and dad (who've moved in to a small house on our backyard), and had four good meals myself.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

First kamo kamo, and other harvestings...

Last week I saw the first kamokamo appearing under the layer of leaves...


Production is in full swing now, cucumbers (a little bitter) and tomatoes, as well as ongoing rhubarb (which I freeze, raw and chopped up), silverbeet, bok choi, spring onions, lettuce and cauliflower. .










The cauli's all came on right at the same time, so I pickled a fair bit...


The boys have been working well lately (saving for the latest XBox!). Bruno's discovered a taste for axe work...


Monday, January 28, 2013

Mulching

I should've mulched before we went away for New Years (whanau hui at Waikaremoana). Found bales of hay going for $5 each in Rolleston so picked one up.





Took the boys fishing off Brighton Pier last weekend. Bruno is right into it, Whiti wandered into the library first!

It was cold, the nor-easter nobody's friend. Most of our confreres   are Pasifika or Asian, crabbing with small hooped nets weighed down with some cheap offal.

We caught six herring, Bruno taking five of them. Wee ones all, and two foul hooked! But I thought they'd be good for the cat, and Billy (who was Milly) did scoff one...