A Fond Farewell

Gardener:Northland Backyard Gardener

Date:09 Dec 2022

Blog Type:Vegetables, Flowers

When we get to this part of the year, and likewise to the end of the challenge, you inevitably start to reflect on things. Often in the moment it is hard not to dwell on the negative elements, and you can forget all the positives that surround you. Like we say to the kids, you can’t always control what is going on our around you, but you can control how you respond to the situation. With that in mind, for my last post, I am going to ignore the challenges that have occurred this year (most of them actually make me laugh now), and just focus on the positives because at the end of the day, it is those positives that keep you going.

The garden is actually looking pretty good. It is starting to feed us with cucumbers, onions, spring onions, zucchinis and lettuce. I am also pretty sure that if I had a dig around, I will also find a few baby potatoes, and some elephant garlic. I am, however, for the first time ever, resisting that urge. The beans are starting to flower and I even spied a few tomato flowers on our main tomatoes in my garden. I am sure Connor’s won’t be that far away either. The corn and tomatoes will be a wee way off, but that is okay. At the end of the day, getting food onto our table is the most important thing, and we are certainly achieving that. We also have beautiful flowers that not only put a smile on our faces, but also makes us feel like we are doing our part in keeping the bees and bumble bees happy. Added to that, I must say a highlight is seeing the changes come into fruition. The strawberries are thriving in their new locations. The mints mixed in with the flowers, and the quick-pick veggies in the pots below have become very much a feature of the back area, as well as serving a purpose. Easy access for lunches.

Being able to share my garden with people who share the same passion is definitely the best part of this challenge. And while I will admit, not having Carol Jayne on here this time round did seem strange, I will say that having a few familiar faces on here was a blessing.  I have been inspired, and I have taken away many new ideas. Tumeke koutou. You are all awesome.


And Sarah–if I haven’t said it before,- our family will always be grateful to you and the Yates team. Without this challenge early on in our gardening journey, and giving us the platform to talk and share our gardens, I am not sure that our garden would be where it is today. Kia ora mo to awhina Sarah. Thanks for your help. 

A Fond Farewell