Signs of Life

Gardener:Northland Backyard Gardener

Date:02 Oct 2023

Blog Type:Vegetables, Flowers

The last few days have been a whirlwind of activity with the family so the gardening has taken a wee bit of a backseat . Between Homeshows, a trip to Kerikeri, movies (cashing in job points) and a trip to North Harbour for a Rep Hockey tournament, there has been very little time for much else. Today is a bit of a recoup day for both the kids and I, with only a bit of pottering with a few minor gardening jobs (a few flowers to be planted, and moving some smaller onions over to a different bed). Tomorrow a few bigger tasks start (potting up, putting the dahlias in, and shifting the dirt).  

Meanwhile, despite the erratic weather, the surrounding garden is starting to come alive. Our orange raspberry and loganberry planted last year have survived the excessive water, and our passionfruit that was chopped back to a stump after looking dead has regrown. Both our red and green  grapes are starting to form little bunches; our strawberries plants are starting to get bigger (very harsh cut back earlier this year so have taken time to get going); our plum tree is laden with flowers (last year we lost them to strong wind/endless rain); and for today first time ever, we have blossoms on our peach tree (it was a mere twig when given to us many years ago to try and rescue). However, the star in the garden this year are our blueberries. I have never seen so many blueberries. They certainly liked the excess water.

Our seedlings in the mini greenhouse have continued to grow and many need planting up. Today, there were signs of life in the older seeds that I were not sure if they would germinate (Oxheart).  With that in mind, my first task today is going to be to review my garden plan that I did earlier in the year (I usually plan a year ahead so I know where to plant my longer crops). After takling the folding of washing, I will then allow myself to potter outside for a bit.



Signs of Life