Welcome to 2024

Gardener:Sarah the Gardener from Yates

Date:07 Jan 2024

Blog Type:Vegetables, Flowers

It is good to be back to some kind of normal.  I always find this time of year quite challenging because the garden is in full swing and yet everything else is in switch off mode and we’re called to take a break and don’t worry about anything until we get back to work.

I did switch off, from my computer gardening and social media and it was nice to have a bit of a holiday there.  But I did get some garden time, mostly harvesting, but some weeding when we did get back from camping.  The house sitter didn’t need to do any watering as the rain has come in abundant enough bursts, far enough apart that the garden is still quite lush and flourishing. There have been no catastrophic losses in my garden over the holidays. 

The first thing I will do is make my way around the garden with Yates Thrive Fish Blood and Bone and Seaweed Tonic to give everything a quick pick me up and assess what is going on and what needs to be done.

I did notice there was a little powdery mildew on my pumpkins.  I think this is due to the decreased airflow caused by the windbreak I put around my new fruit trees to protect them in the spring.  So, this will need to come down and a quick spray of Nature’s Way Fungus Spray will sort that out.    There are also passion vine hoppers in my strawberries so I enrolled them in a Success program where they will be subjected to a regular spray.  The numbers seem to be dropping.

And so now all I need to do is find my groove and get back into the routine of normal and I look forward to it.

While we are no longer in the challenge, the community is still open, and you can continue to share updates and chit chat in the comments and we look forward to seeing your gardens, although I may not be there every day keeping an eye on things I’ll be there often enough to take care of problems.

I hope your gardens continue to flourish and your harvests are bountiful and as always – if you want to get in touch leave a comment below. 

Sarah the Gardener : o)


Welcome to 2024