Plodding Along

Gardener:Northland Backyard Gardener

Date:15 Oct 2023

Blog Type:Vegetables

While I haven't posted for a week, I have been lurking in the background quietly reading posts at night before I go to bed. Until now, I haven't commented much  or completed any posts as daily life has got in the way. To be precise....Calf Cub Week.

For those of you who have had kids participate in it, or even done it yourself back in the day, or helped in anyway, you will know what it entails. Essentially, the last week has been full of ensuring each child had what they needed on the correct day, and completing home projects in the evening. It also involved me making 70 cupcakes ready for the kids to ice on Thursday. In order to do that, I had to ensure they dinner was sorted for the crockpot in the morning so that the cupcakes could go in the oven in between the varying activities the kids needed to do. Definitely no gardening before work this week gone. And the little and often concept went out the window temporarily.

The day was a success. The kids had a great time which is the important thing. And I am now dealing with two nasty coldsores which I often get when I overdo things. Anyway, life goes on. 

After the hectic week and handing out flyers yesterday at the Marine Festival, today was spent catching up on the house work before I started pottering in the garden.

More plants (sunflowers) have joined the beans and the corn being hardened off in the porch. If the weather plays ball, I will start moving them outside properly over the next few days. Hardening off plants certainly makes sense, but I will admit, 10 years ago, I didn't realise this was a thing. I guess that was down to buying seedlings that were already outside at the plant centre.

I also have a few more seedlings out ready to pot up this afternoon.  Just a few that I felt were too small last week. 

This week, now things are much more settled, I am hopping to potter in the mornings, and get two beds ready for planting out.

And finally, for those of you on the 'I hate broadbeans' bandwagon, I have just made up our first lot of broadbean falafels. I will admit the podding is tedious with the double podding of the big ones, and the mix did smell like smelly socks while cooking, but boy were they yum. 


Plodding Along