Now is a good time to start to organise for the new growing season. With hope in my heart, I began taking dreaming about the next season to the next level and started making plans. Last season was a complete washout – literally! I only used my irrigation system a couple of times. Ironically, the only time it should have been used but wasn’t, was … Continue reading Turning dreams into plans
These days I have been working my way though all the winter projects on my to do list at a great rate of knots. With only 34 days until the start of spring – not counting today, I feel like I will arrive at the start of the new season, more organised and more in control than I ever have been before! But not … Continue reading Just an Ordinary Day
When you live somewhere as extreme as we do, here on the wild west coast, there is nothing like experience to teach you what you need to know. More often than not, it comes after you complete a project with the best intentions and what you believe to be the best approach, after thorough research and planning. Just as you stand back proudly to admire … Continue reading The broken break
I can really feel the hint of spring, and if I am to be honest, along with the rising sap there a rising panic. Will I get all my winter things done before I need to switch over to spring things? I feel confident that, thanks to the help of my handy helper the garden is in a good place and this week we finished … Continue reading Wishy washy
NB: This is a sponsored post with the good people from GARDENA NZ, who have generously made this project possible. Over the winter I have had a few side hustles going on beyond the realm of my garden that have occupied huge swathes of my time. This has left me with very little to say about my garden. Aside from ticking over with the restoration … Continue reading An Irrigation Intervention
I’ve missed you all and I don’t know how I managed to leave it so long before getting in touch. I haven’t stopped or anything. In fact, quite the opposite. I’ve had my most productive June ever. I think the expression – ‘if you want anything done, ask a busy person to do it’ sums up my days recently. I had a large computer gardening project on, … Continue reading I’ve been too busy to chat.
Making the decision to ease back on The Palace which was taking all my time and energy at the expense of all the other spring preparation tasks has been a little liberating. It allows me to assess the rest of the garden and make some new priorities. While also wanting to take a little and often approach to staying on top of the basics like … Continue reading Ready for Raspberries
I have been doing a bit of reflecting this week and decided I need a bit of balance in my life. I have been bursting a fufu valve trying to get the first garden in The Palace completed by the end of the month. But I was in danger of turning my pleasure garden into a place of anything but pleasure right now. For those … Continue reading Balancing The Palace.
After last year’s seed order postal debacle, I decided to plan the garden earlier this year, and get my seeds ordered in good time, just in case. Having said that, The Palace project has held me up a little bit, along with the school holidays and other wonderful reasons. It was on the planner chart to be done by the end of the week ending … Continue reading It’s Shrinking
Last week was pretty much a bust as far as being productive in the garden. I got in an hour in total, prepping one bed for the spring, and I’m glad I did that, as I was toying with the idea of not doing anything at all because it was late in the day and not that warm. It was just a quick job, and … Continue reading Getting Ratty