I have been very inspired by a fellow Cantabrian with a gorgeous garden blog- Ruth at Deep into the Darkness Peering (see link at sidebar). So much so that I rolled up my sleves and spent 3 days in the garden. My aim is to grow plants from seed- preferably heirloom and feed the family. With tomatoes currently $7.99 a kg at the local supermarket this just makes good sense!!
I was so inspired I purchased a plastic glasshouse which was delivered on Tuesday- can't wait to get it up and running. Tomatoes in Christchurch have been very disappointing over the last couple of years- only ripening at the very end of the season. Hopefully this will make a difference. Plus with somes shelves I'll be able to start my seedlings, saving more money.
|My new baby- can't wait to get it put together.|
I'm also getting 10 bales of pea straw delivered on Saturday and I'll be off to a friends to get some free horse poo. I've taken some before photos of my rather overgrown and unloved garden, hopefully this will be a visual diary of my progress. I've had a go in the past at planting and it didn't "take". I feel more positive with all the amazing self sufficiency and frugal blogs out there, so watch this space!!
|Aerial view over black and red currents to raised bed.|
|Aerial view of raised bed and sad end of season tomato plants.|
|Rosie dog and nectarine tree on left.|
|Compost tumbler and cabbage trees now removed.|
|Raised bed- has had work done on it, so I'll be able to take an after picture.|
|2 Feijoa trees and convolvulus patch. This needs to be cleared as it is the biggest useful bit I have.|
|Mint plant, rhubarb, nectarine tree and 2 grape vines.|
|Strawberry patch- never done well as it's too shady. I have chopped a tree down and may relocate patch.|
I have some good features in the garden already- 2 lemon trees, 4 feijoa trees, 3 apple trees, golden peach tree, nectarine tree, 2 pear trees, 2 grapevines, black and red currants and a couple of other productive plants. I have always made compost- I have a 3 bin system, tumbler and small black compost container. A worm farm, one raised bed and now a fabulous greenhouse. What more could a girl want? So......this will be the year of the garden. Over Winter I will get the trees cut down that shade the garden and clear the weeds- I also have a horrible convovulus problem. Come Spring I'll be ready to go.
Wish me luck and I'll be back with progress pictures soon.