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December in the vege patch.


Hi all, I thought I would update where the vege patch is up to currently.


the above rose is fast becoming one of my favourites. its called Crown Princess Marguerita and has the most wonderful apricot scent.

below are some of my tomatoes. I have 3 varieties – an oxheart, a red cherry and a white cherry. those are the red cherries in the photo on the right. the top 2 have been out for about 10days, but I noticed this morning a a few more have ‘popped’ on the truss.

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below on the left is 3 brocolli plants. not sure where I’m going to put them!. in the right photo, our new spuds for Xmas are on the left and the 2 bags on the right are yams.

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below, on the left, a lettuce I’ve left to go to seed in order to collect them, and on the right the strawberries.

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the runner beans are beginning to take off and on the right, my red kidney beans are looking good. I should have a decent 1/4-1/3 of a normal size jar.

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on the left is a view of the vege plot round the back of the house. it’s really taken off in the past couple of weeks what with all the rain we’ve had. on the right is a close up on my rainbow carrots. I only ever managed to grow carrots in grow bags in the UK, so I’m pleased at how these are looking. I sowed another row today along side.

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my pride and joy below – my sweetcorn!. this seems (touch wood!) to be my best crop of corn to date. I tried on my allotment in the UK but they never amounted to much. here they seem to be thriving – there are brick and concrete walls near the bed and I’m hoping they will help provide some extended heat from the sun which will help.

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below is 2 of my 3 sisters bed!. I’ve planted a butternut squash beneath the corn, but wont be planting any climbing beans as I’ve got some dwarf heritage beans right next door. next year I will certainly try the whole 3 sisters system.

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said dwarf heritage beans!. and the resident heritage moggy loving the warm soil and bricks!.

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with less than 2 weeks to Christmas I hope you all are enjoying the holiday festivities. here at my house it is very quiet – my mother doesnt like Christmas so we have very little, if any decorations. its all rather sad really, but as I live here currently, there is nothing I can do about it!.


Garden update


today i have begun a trial for sowing seeds successionally. i say a trial because in all my years growing vegetables, i’ve yet to conquer successional sowing!. so….on the 1st and the 3rd saturday of the month i will sow a few seeds of various vege or lettuce, and come the autumn, i shall look back at how well i was able to do it!.

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this morning it was lovely and sunny, so i set myself up for a few minutes of sowing – it really only took about 20mins to complete the process of sowing and recording what i’d sown!. i sowed brocolli, kale and butternut squash – all 1st time sowings, and then some lettuce and green and yellow beans to keep whats already growing going!. i’m going to put the squash under my sweetcorn ala the 3sisters. i wont have any climbing beans up the corn this year as i already have 2 wigwams of french beans and one of runners!. think thats enough beans!.

now, heres some progress with other things growing in the garden –

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the potatoes are going great guns, and i’m going to have a bumper crop of blueberries – even better than my UK crop i reckon!.

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look look look!!! – the first strawberry!. any day now!. on the right is my red kidney bean bed – i’m just growing a few plants to start filling a jar with beans for cooking – it will take a few years to have a decent supply as i dont have the room for a major planting session with these. i’m ok with that – every year i’ll grow a few plants and the supply will build up.

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my corn patch is looking good. i tried corn one year in the UK, but it didnt take off. this crop is already looking better than the previous effort. fingers crossed!. on the right is a plant i picked up the other day for its unusual flowers – i think it belongs to the daisy family and is really pretty.

and finally……i am readying some pots for my tomatos and i happened to look outside one evening this week and discovered someone else had taken up residence in a tomato pot!. i’ll have to have serious words because he wont  be able to do that once i have repotted a tomato!!.


summer is on the horizon, the days are getting warmer, sunnier and the light hangs round for longer. now, off to find out what causes leaf curl on lemon bushes!.

hibernating, gardening and cats!.


I guess as winter approaches I should put out a hibernation warning with decreased posting!. seems at the moment I have very little that’s interesting to share!. in between dealing with my mother, I stitch, read, work on my upcoming business or watch live sport. 7-0 = who’d have thought that!!. ( football world cup!)

I have 2 new edibles for the self sufficient garden – some garlic and a mandarin!. slowly but surely things arrive. I also discovered this week there is a seed saving group here in CHCH and I’m hoping to join that and be able to swap for heirloom seeds. I’m still waiting to hear back from them.

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we’ve had a few days of lovely sunshine this week and the sun worshipper of the family has been in seventh heaven!

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I have checked in with the colour of summer prompts, but since week 2 haven’t been able to participate since I wont buy anything for it!. I think it might be the last week tomorrow, if not, its the second to last week!.

I have photos printed to do a spread for May and June for my Project Life album – just need to crack on with it!.

after a couple of milder nights, its back to below zero tonight – I can’t wait for the warmth to arrive. I miss the radiators found in every UK  home!.

Preparing to say goodbye to Milo….



this morning I went to Riccarton Market with the aim to find a tea cup, and this is what I came home with. I love the retro look and the blue and white colour scheme. so now I can phase out my sugar laden milo (hot chocolate) and replace it with tea.




I brought this tin of tea back from London last year and havent opened it yet. now i have a cup and a strainer as its loose tea leaves, I can now give the tea a go. I used to have sugar in my tea so this will be the first time without it. lets hope the cup doesnt break with the first splash of hot water!!.

and now for something more awwww…..


furbaby seems to have had a run in with a neighbourhood tom. he required stitches in 2 paws and has to wear this cone for about 2 weeks. bless him, he is such a good boy with it. he comes to me so i can scratch him behind the ears and he stays close. he also isnt allowed out and is managing well with using ‘indoor facilities’!!.

tongue in cheek post!!.


down here in New Zealand, miles away from anywhere else, we have some strange confusions in the animal kingdom…….

last night i photographed the resident ginger furbaby hatching some dirt in a plant pot =

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this morning when i looked out the window, this is what i saw……..


furbaby hatched a black kitty, lol!!.

now, in all seriousness!, the black kitty is a neighbourhood cat who likes to visit for a few biscuits. hes very timid, and our cat tolerates him nicely – theres no rude words between them, and this morning there was a rubbing of noses. probably cos Sid (our cat) was unimpressed black kitty was in his plant pot!.

please forgive my attempts at humour!.