It’s been awhile since I have written a report summarising what I have been up to around the garden recently. Over the past seven weeks since lockdown began, I have achieved the following:
While we were at Level 3, I operated a contactless plant nursery from our home in South Auckland, selling a range of winter veggie seedlings.
I drafted and submitted collaboration plans for the coming year to the gardening businesses for whom I am a brand ambassador – Italian Seeds Pronto, Egmont Seeds and Awapuni. I am proud to announce that I recently became a brand ambassador for Bulbs Direct, who kindly gave me an extensive range of tulips to grow in the garden this winter.
Garden alongside our driveway
I have plans to turn the garden to the right of our driveway back into a flower garden for annuals, which it originally was. Previously, it had a mixture of things in it, including rhubarb, peas, swan plants, lilies, spring bulbs and dahlias. For now, I have planted a mixture of brassicas but I have plans to sow annuals in it year round, starting with sunflowers this spring, followed by Iceland poppies next autumn. To improve the condition of the soil, I added lots of compost and sheep pellets prior to planting the brassicas.
Due to the Covid-19 situation, garden centres have been a bit late in getting seed potatoes in and I haven’t seen them in stores yet. Normally I plant potatoes on the shortest day (21st June), for harvesting in early spring. As soon as the varieties I like become available, I intend to purchase some as it takes a while for them to chit (sprout) before they can be planted into the ground.