Lauraine is talking about growing Broccoli, Carrot, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce, Peas, Tomato from Marlborough

looks like my first blog has gone awol, so I better start again, must have not pushed the right button

Started to get the area for my tomatoes, basil and lettuce ready, lots of homemade and bought compost and sheep pellets. The tomatoes I bought from Bunnings in August and potted on. I planted them at labour weekend with flowers alredy formed. The lettuce and basil I grew form seed, also peas which turned out to be a disaster. They didn’t do well and the stoem we had a few weeks ago finished them off. No home grown peas for christmas this year. ! self sown lettuce I left in place. After getting all in the garden I put down wet newspaper covered with compost, helps to keep the weeds down and the moisture in.

The caulis, broccoli and cabbage and chinese cabbage I planted earlier also got a layer of newspaper and compost and covered to keep the white butterfly out.

Last autumn I took the advice of the weekend gardener and put in lots of compost and sheep pellets and covered with black plastic. When the garden was dry enough I put in carrot seed I had saved from my own plants. Unfortunately a rabbit thought it a good place to dig, but fortunately not too much. They are now ready to be thinned.