I thought that I’d do a blog post on what has been happening around Anita’s Garden recently so that you can all stay up to date.
All of the vegetable seedlings that I planted in the garden in mid- April are flourishing, as you can see from the picture below. I liquid fed these plants weekly to give them a strong start to life. Now that they are a bit more established, I have reduced this to liquid feeding on a fortnightly basis.
You may recall my previous blog post on how to grow garlic. I mentioned that I had purchased seed garlic from Newton Seed – some Printanor garlic and some Elephant garlic. Following on from that, I purchased four lovely varieties of garlic from a company called Catos Seed on Trade Me – Printanor, Ajo Rojo, Kakanui and Takahue. I planted the cloves about three weeks ago. Last weekend, I also found some lovely organic garlic on special at Countdown (a local supermarket) which I purchased and planted in the garden as well. I’ve noticed that some of the garlic from Newton Seed and Catos has sprouted and started growing so I’m very excited. I hope to have a successful growing season for garlic this year following two dismal years.
Here is a photo of the wonderful garlic I purchased from Catos on Trade Me.
Although Roses are meant to bloom in summer, some of our roses have been producing wonderful flowers in winter.
Here is a photo of the beautiful rose Golden Gift which I purchased from Kings Plant Barn two years ago.
About a month ago, I discovered some fantastic gardening specials at The Warehouse in Mangere. There were punnets of established lettuce plants for just $4 each, ready to harvest. I decided to plant some in containers and keep them near our front door, making it easy to harvest for salads and wraps over winter. Here is a photo of our lettuce, planted in circular plastic containers.
About five weeks ago, mum and I hosted a lovely French couple called Ivan and Berengere who were wwoofing around New Zealand. Berengere sowed some Easy Peasy peas from Egmont Seeds out the back against a trellis supported by a fence. Here is a picture of the progress. As you can see, the peas have grown beautifully in that time.
Around the same time, while Berengere was sowing peas at the back, her boyfriend Ivan sowed some poppies in the front garden, infront of some of our roses. The variety was Poppy Peony Formula Mix from Kings Seeds. Here is a picture of the poppies that have emerged.