I have to say this challenge is off to an amazing start. There are so many old friends from last year and in years gone by. It is so lovely to have you all back and it is such a delight to see such full comments sections as you all renew old friendships and make new ones.
And I want to say to any new arrivals, firstly a big welcome. We look forward to having you become a part of our very friendly community. Have a look around and make some comments and let us know all about what is going on in your garden.
This year we are doing things a little differently. We have replaced the old mini challenges with encouragement awards. You don’t need to do anything to be eligible to receive one of these. The team at Yates will be keeping an eye out for gardeners who may need some encouragement, or if there is a success worth celebrating for just for something that stands out as a worthy reason.
There are also the weekly randomly picked free packet of seeds and although last week was only a half week, we have picked a winner for some seeds: Congratulations Ev in the South.
While the big prizes are pretty exciting it is also worth bearing in mind the runner up prizes. We are looking for a new gardener, or someone who is a little rusty, so if you know a learner gardener, invite them to join in and get all the support they could possibly ask for and be in to win an amazing prize.
I can already tell it will be difficult to pick the possible winners for the Wild Card and Supporter runner up prizes. I already see such fantastic support being displayed. Carol Jane would have really loved being a part of the challenge this year. She is certainly still missed here.
If you haven’t checked it out already, have a look at the guidelines for the challenge here: https://www.yates.co.nz/spring-vegie-growing-challenge/our-community/vegie-growing-challenge/ so you can get the most out of this fabulous community.
In my garden this week, I managed to get my spuds in. It might seem early to some, but we are frost free here and I have seen a lot of people suggesting it could defeat the Tomato Potato Psyllid by going early and that is always worth a shot. But today it is raining and I’m indoors catching up on some computer gardening and a spot of well overdue housework.
Happy gardening and as always – if you want to get in touch leave a comment below.
Sarah the Gardener : o)