Yesterday it was a beautiful day in Northland so we spent the morning at the beach in the sunshine and the afternoon in the garden.
I had a couple of jobs I wanted to tick off in the garden -
* Add compost to the bee and butterfly garden.
* Plant the flower seedlings into that garden in the hope of attracting more bees to pollinate our veggie patch.
* Feed seedlings and berries (blueberries and raspberries) with Yates Seaweed Tonic.
* Plant another lot of seeds.
I managed to tick everything off and the garden is slowly starting to look more like an actual garden. I've sowed my courgette, pumpkin, and squash seeds a couple of weeks earlier than normal so we'll see how that goes. It's definitely starting to warm up in Northland, but random cool snaps can always be on the cards too. Gardening is a bit of a gamble no matter which way you go sometimes.
This year I've planted the following varieties - Yates Solar Flare Zucchini, Black Beauty Zucchini, Cocozelle Zucchini, Zephyr Zucchini (one of my favourites), Piccolo Zucchini, Babynut Squash, Burgress Buttercup, Turks Turban Pumpkin and Queensland Blue Pumpkins (can't go wrong with that one). I've also sowed Cucumber - Homemade Pickles, Cucumber Spacemaster, Country Sweet Watermelon and Crimson Sweet Watermelon.
I'm trying to not sow too many seeds this season as I always over do it and end up giving lots away. The thought of not having a back up seedling is a worse thought though haha. This year I've sowed a couple of each variety. As well as the backyard gardens I also have a large garden out the front that I haven't done much with yet. It gets full sun so I'm aiming to rip out the weedmat and turn it into a cottage style garden. I've planted my miniature nectarine, miniature peach, lemon, and mandarin out there too.
In a nutshell I have no lawn at all here, except for the strip out beside the road. The goal is to grow as many edibles as possible. Instead of choosing to convert some of the bark back into lawn I've converted it all into garden space instead. Vertical gardening will also be my friend this season. A Black Beauty Passionfruit also jumped into my trolley at Bunnings yesterday. Does that happen to anyone else? ;)
My other goal is to learn how to make sauces, jams, and preserves this season. I know it seems like a lot of different zucchini/courgettes too. They're always one of my favourite things to grow. I love being able to gift fresh produce to family and friends. Being vegetarian I also use them to bulk up a lot of meals - veggie nacho mix, pasta mixes, veggie lasagne etc. Always good to chuck a few meals in the freezer over summer as the price of courgettes is crazy out of season!
I hope everyone had a productive weekend. I've loved reading all your posts :)