A Somewhat Slower Pace

Gardener:Northland Backyard Gardener

Date:17 Oct 2022

Blog Type:Vegetables

With the kids getting ready to go back to school today, and myself having to return to work, I forced myself to have a bit of a break over the weekend from the gardening. In fact, I relaxed and finished a book. I did potter slightly - topping up the bucket and grow bags with more compost. But that is perhaps where it ended with the exception of picking some veggies for a quiche, and another Romanesco Broccoli for dinner. 

Today after work, I also had the online component for my first aid certificate to do (just over 3 hours worth), so there was very little time to potter. I did, however, manage to sneak out and grab a few photos of the seedlings. I will admit, I half expected hubby to yell out to see what I was doing, as I realised I was right under the security cameras with a torch between my knees trying to get a photo of the tomato seedlings that were inside the grow cage. But as they say 'needs must'.

I will admit, I cannot take credit for the luscious cucumbers. They are credited to James. Those, along with the spring onions, zucchini, corn and sunflowers, will be hardened off slowly. At the moment, they are in the porch area without covers on. Tomorrow, depending on the weather, they may make it to the edge of the porch where it is a bit cooler, and then when we get home, they can have a short stint by the playhouse. It will provide them with some shelter, but not as enclosed. Hopefully, by the end of the week they will be on their own outside, ready for planting out. That is all, weather dependent of course. The tomatoes will get planted up,  along with the dahlia, lettuce and watermelons. In the meantime, I am going to have to get some more snail bait as I suspect I have lost two sunflowers (or Connor has), to a nighttime critter. 

Now I also can't be 100% sure, but I also think I may have seen some tiny movement in the soil, a slight displacement, and a teeny bit of colour in the butternut pumpkin container. I am thinking moving the container to a new spot, may have been the key. I am not getting my hopes up just yet though.

A Somewhat Slower Pace