I am definitely not one to prepare for the festive season early – except with my potatoes.   There is nothing like new potatoes fresh from the garden covered in melted butter and a hint of fresh mint to go with the Christmas ham.

Festive spuds!
Festive spuds!

So I have been spurred into action.  Jersey Benne potatoes are the perfect spud for the big day.  So much so that on Christmas Eve you can find them in stores for up to $25 a kilo!  I am am not the kind of girl to pay $25 a kilo for any kind of vegetable so I have to grow them.   Jersey Bennes take 100 days and so yesterday was the day to get them in the ground.

Caught in the act!
Caught in the act!

I also planted all my other spuds and I put them in, in alphabetical order in case I forget which is which.  So looking out over the garden I have Agria – 130 days, Ilam Hardy – 130 days, Jersey Benne – 100 days and Karaka 140 days.  (This is more for my benefit than yours!)

Gorgeous freesias
Gorgeous freesias

The day was beginning to get away on me and I was determined not to let it pass without putting spuds in the ground so I got into it super fast as the afternoon began to turn towards evening.

And now I shall stop thinking about Christmas until about three weeks before when I will be running around panicking wildly!

I also thought I would include the link to the TV Show I was on the other night.  I am not sure if you will be able to access it if you are overseas, however there is a chance you might, so I’ve popped it in, just in case.

Me on TV

Come again soon – my seeds are popping up all over the place!

Sarah the Gardener  : o )

15 thoughts on “99 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS

  1. Thanks for the link, Sarah. I didn’t see the tv segment, so it was interesting to watch. A great project, I hope it takes off wildly all over the country.

  2. Sigh, I’m trying really hard not to think about the ‘C’ word just yet which is incredibly hard to do when the shops have stocked up the shelves with festive stuff already!!!!!! Would like to remind the shops that we have Halloween BEFORE December :/

    Glad you got your potatoes in though 🙂

    1. Hi Elaine. I think this year has whizzed by too fast. As I watched your summer roll on I wanted to apply some kind of hand brake to slow it down, because I don’t feel like I am ready for a new season just yet, although we are well in to it!
      I promise I won’t mention the C word again for ages and ages! Cheers Sarah : o )

  3. Loved seeing you all on the telly 🙂 We cross Tasmanites were obviously allowed in on the sly to watch (as we are practically neighbours 😉 ). Looks like we are going to be able to say “we knew her when…” ;). (I know someone famous…SQUEE! 🙂 )

  4. Sarah, what an enjoyable post. I found the video of you preparing and planting the bed almost hypnotic. I love the work that goes into preparing beds, the feel of the worked soil, the smell and the promise of what’s to come.

    I thoroughly enjoyed watching your video, hearing you speak, learning a bit of your story and seeing the boys. What a joy.

    I did not know you had MS. My sister was diagnosed about 15 years ago, so I can relate to your fear and the fatigue that followed. My hat is off to you.


    1. Hi Alys. I have found that the soil in my raised beds it all lovely and soft and easy to dig, after a few years of being worked and not stomped all over. It makes it more fun.

      It was great being on the telly. One of the blessings of being in a small country – it is easier to get on national telly!

      My MS is ok at the moment. I am a lot better at listening to my body when it tells me to rest. But there is always a shadow of what could happen in the future.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

      1. You’re reaping the benefits of all the proper tilling. Cover crops help the soil along as well.

        You gave a lovely interview, professional yet warm and approachable. I can see why you are a success at public speaking as well as writing.

        I’m glad your MS is okay (in remission). You are wise to tune in and watch for signs of fatigue. My sister has worked out a number of things to help her move through the day. One of the best things she’s found is swimming at the local YMCA. She goes seven days a week. She gets ready for work from the Y so it all works out. She also naps for an hour in the afternoon, but I would too if I got up at 4:30 every day.

        I’m holding good thoughts.

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