Belladonna Bess

An edible garden in Wellington, NZ

The end is in sight August 21, 2009

Filed under: Garden — belladonnabess @ 11:02 pm

Completing: all the edging and garden construction that I plan to do this year. There’s still a lot of work to do, but the structure is in place. I’ve still got one area that isn’t done, but it will remain largely in grass until next autumn or winter. I haven’t quite worked out what to do with that area.Sarracenia catesbaei

Digging: weeds and rocks out of the garden I was edging.

Planting: boysenberry (Mapua), loganberry (Waimate). Loganberries are supposed to be a bit sour to eat fresh, but are meant to be good for cooking. My plan is to pick and freeze them, so I have something to use for baking in the winter.

Sowing: green manure plants, blue lupin, mustard and random wildflowers, in the newly weeded area where I finished the edging. I’m waiting for a Wiki Tu feijoa to go there, plus I’ve planted the boysenberry, but I’m really not sure what else to plant. The soil is really good there, and I think I may plant some of the potatoes there later.

Cutting: back the dead pitchers on my Saracennia pitcher plants and my rather straggly sage bush.

Repotting: my Sarracenia catesbaei. It had got so huge the pot wouldn’t even stand up. The only reason it was still upright was all the Sarracenia plants are crammed together in a tray. Potted in pure peat ( I think I potted the last ones in a mix of peat and pumice).

Watering: my mesclun seedlings, as it has been quite warm and sunny for three days. There was another frost on Friday morning though, but lighter than the one on Thursday morning.

Weeding: the couch grass is growing fast at the moment.

Budding: one of my Sarracenia plants and Neroli’s trillium. It hasn’t flowered for a while so I’m very happy to see a bud on it.

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