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the new vegetable patch


Its time to start recording the progress of the vegetable garden at our new house. The house is a new build so the garden is a blank canvas.

We decided this would be the area that the beds would be placed.

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Its the eastern side of the property, so doesn’t get full sun til mid – late morning, then keeps it until around 4pm ish, in the winter. Obviously in the summer the sun will be higher in the sky and the area will have sun for longer.

Originally, we were going to extend right back to the fence line, but in the end, due to location of waste pipes, the clothes line had to be put in the back.


I then begun the fun part of digging up the ground!. I dug a rectangular bed for the main vegetable bed and a bed along the fence line that will primarily be a fruit bed. However this year it will have some vege as I get to grips with a sensible plan!.




Initially we werent going to raise the beds, but decided to as it will keep things tidier. I still have to break down the earth and remove the turf from the raised bed, but have completed the task for the berry bed behind.

the berry bed currently has broad beans, lettuce, strawberries, raspberries and a pear tree which i’m going to espalier on the fence.






This view shows where the compost bin is – there is a second one now beside it. you can make out the grey pole of the clothes line behind the green bag. that green bag had vege in it that we moved from the old house. the soil is going into the raised bed once i’ve broken down the turf clods more.

The area in front of this raised bed will most likely become another raised bed next year. we decided just to work on one this year. i want 2 however as i want us to be able to feed ourselves from the garden, therefore we have to grow enough to sustain that!.

I havent worked out what to grow this year yet. I have some seed potatoes, but other than broad beans and lettuce, i havent decided how wild to go yet. part of me wants to go gentle and really work on the soil this year, and the other half wants to get everything in the ground!. I’ll definitely have some beans and corn, but other than that, i’m not sure.

We’re just about to enter spring here in NZ, so soon it will be time to start sowing seed!.

Exciting times ahead for sure!.


two things……


i’m trying really hard to meet my self imposed deadline of finishing the neighbourhood by the end of the month = monday!. i’ve sat and had a couple of really good sessions on it this week and i think i may be able to make it after all.

this is where i ended today – the border meets up at the top as well!. massive phew!.


all thats left is the leaves on the tree, the second woman and a basket beside her, then the remaining leaves and flowers around the border. i’m going to need to buy another skein of thread for all the leaves. the pattern doesnt say you need two skeins, but i’m going to need another one!.

the other thing to report today, that i’m a little giddy about is this plant to add to my small but growing stock pile of self reliance plants for the future. its a pine nut tree!. for some reason this morning i was thinking about looking into growing pine nuts, and low and behold, when i took my mother to a garden centre, there they were!. on top of that, the price was reduced at the till, so i saved money!. my mother thought i was bonkers!!.



i’m reading Down to Earth by Rhonda Hetzel at the moment, and i think thats where the idea for being prepared came from, re the pine nuts!.

plus, i am bonkers really!!.

Ellerslie Flower Show 2014


during the week i went along to the Ellerslie Flower Show that is an annual event here in Christchurch. I’d been once many moons ago, but cant remember much about it.

it was a lovely sunny day and i got a touch of sunburn to round out the summer (today is the first day of autumn in NZ).

i took heaps of photos and have picked out some of my favourites. i’m breaking it up into 2 posts as i took loads of photos of the bonsai display as i have a bit of a liking for this form of growing. i’ll post that in a few days.

for now a feast of sunny show gardens and a few other bits and bobs….

i liked these pod like spaces and they had yellow beans growing up then as well.


always like water!.


i really liked this pergola and seating arrangement. i could see a grape vine growing over this nicely!.


i liked the pathway leading up to the home space.


the next 3 photos are of the same garden, and i really liked the changes in level and different ‘rooms’, as well as the little birdies dotted about the place.

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there was a competition running for scenes made out of cans, these next 2 appealed to me.

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in the floral tent these next 2 displays tickled my fancy….can you guess what they are?!.

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the next 3 photos are of the overall supreme winner of the show. it wasnt easy to photograph and its not a style i would have myself, but i found it very striking.

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this garden only had pink flowers and was very effective, and cottagey.


dotted about the show were sculptures you could buy. i liked the lake behind these 3 balls.


and as for this orang utan, while he didnt appeal to me much, i was gobsmacked at the price – $5500!.


i have a thing for trees and these limbs are interesting!.


more sculpture that you could buy.


these last 3 photos are of a garden that was designed as a refuge for Christchurch following the earthquake. it features 185 leaves in the form of a waterfall. i thought it was lovely.

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well, i hope you enjoyed your trip around the show. by no means Chelsea or Hampton Court Palace Flower show, but pretty good for our little corner of the world.

1st Blueberries


When i moved to this flat i knew i would not be able to have a garden as it has no outside space. However it does have 2 very deep windows that jut out from the building, so i decided to keep my largest blueberry ( the squirrels had killed the 2 smaller ones! ). I had flowers on it when it arrived here as it had been sitting outside at the previous place. I’ve loved it ever since it got here, put it in the window with the most sun (this flat actually doesnt get much sadly) and now i am getting my reward – the berries are turning blue.

this morning i picked the first crop – a small one and enjoyed every bite. Blueberries are just so sweet and delicious straight off the bush – those imposters in the supermarket just dont compare!.


I do hope i will be able to get the plant to crop next year – i hope we have warmer weather so i can have the windows open and the bees can come in and do their bit!.