Belladonna Bess

An edible garden in Wellington, NZ

Construction January 29, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — belladonnabess @ 10:39 pm

Constructing: a fence along the remaining unfenced part of my boundary. A couple of my friends are actually doing most of the work, I’m just buying timber, following orders and providing food. Not finished yet, but already looking quite different. I must take pictures.

Eating: a few more beans finally. Plus zucchini, silverbeet, carrots, beetroot, potatoes, garlic, lettuce, strawberries, one Ivory raspberry (yum) etc. I’ve managed to keep 2 visitors fed out of the garden this week, and still had stuff to share. I love it when the garden is like this.

Baking: real summer weather today.


Seeds January 24, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — belladonnabess @ 9:15 pm

Germinating: the seeds I sowed on the 17th are germinating already. The first of them (cabbage and pak choi) had started germinating by the 21st. The benefits of a greenhouse and summer. Not that the last week has been entirely summer, Saturday was more like winter. Again.

Also germinating: the romanesco, silverbeet, basil, radishes and some of the random flowers. Maybe some of the carrots or beetroot, but I can’t remember now.


Giant rhubarb January 19, 2010

Filed under: Garden — belladonnabess @ 10:22 pm

Eating: rhubarb. My plant is enormous. I don’t remember it being this big when I grew it before. The leaves are more like the size of a gunnera. I’ve also ¬†got gigantic alpine strawberries, 2-3 times the size I usually get. I put a plant in the corner of the asparagus bed, and it’s clearly enjoying all that compost, manure and worm cast.

Also eating: Dalmatian beans. Only a few, as I want to save some seed and the plants have had a tough season. Still, there are a few beans starting to form now, and the first signs of pods on my scarlet runners. More days like today (24 degrees and nearly windless) would help.

Setting: there are definitely some fruit forming on my tomatoes. I’m still some way from having any ready to eat though.


It’s been a while January 17, 2010

Filed under: Garden — belladonnabess @ 10:28 pm

Since I last wrote, winter has been and gone. That’s a bit of a worry, since it has been just over 2 weeks since my last post. The weekend was freezing and if my rain gauge is accurate, I had over 80mm of rain. January is supposed to be a cold month, but only in the Northern Hemisphere. Today was sunny and hot once the thick fog finally vanished. I’m so confused.

Planting: black violas, plus a couple of cucumbers last week (when my modem was broken)

Sowing: (in pots) coloured beet, romanesco broccoli, mini cabbage, pak choi, basil, random flowers

Sowing: (in ground) sugar snap peas, Alderman’s tall climbing peas, orange and purple carrots, radishes, beetroot (not sure how the peas will go, but I expect the rest to be ok)

Germinating: I’ve got broccoli seedlings coming up where I left a couple of plants of my feral broccoli to go to seed.

Weeding: the asparagus bed (seedlings seem to be doing quite well), root vegetable bed, etc

Eating: shallots, garlic, potatoes, cabbage, chard/ beet, beetroot, carrots, zucchini, lettuce, peas (very few left) strawberries, raspberries (Qualicum, the rest are mostly finished)

Waiting: my beans and tomatoes aren’t doing so well, although the Dalmatian beans that I have up against the fence are a bit better – I’ve eaten a couple of less good pods off them, but I’m mostly saving those plants for seed. Some of my tomatoes are setting fruit, but they are well behind where they should be. The plants in the greenhouse and the ones in the windbreak have a few small fruit forming. The few that I haven’t sheltered are really not too good.

Also waiting: for summer to turn up. After 2009 was the craziest weather year on record (officially; coldest May, warmest August, coldest October, and the other months set various records too), I hoped 2010 would be a bit more normal. But no…


Resolutions January 1, 2010

Filed under: Antarctica,Environment — belladonnabess @ 9:51 pm

I thought I’d share a couple of my resolutions, one to encourage others to join me and the other because I know some of you have been waiting for it.

First – I’ve signed up the the 10:10 campaign. I don’t think there is anything actually happening with this in NZ – it’s a UK programme. But you can still sign up to the 10:10 Global campaign, and do it.

10:10 is a committment to cut 10% of your carbon emissions in 10:10. Human-induced climate change won’t be stopped by individuals voluntarily cutting emissions, but it will send a signal to governments that we are acting and expect them to do the same. It will also get people used to doing what may well become compulsary or economic necessity later, and maybe we’ll find some of those things aren’t so bad.

Exactly where I’ll find 10% to cut is a tricky question. My insanely long showers are the obvious place to start.

My other resolution is that I’m going to start putting my Antarctica pictures up on this blog, along with the text from my emails and bits from my diary. It’s taken me far too long to sort them out. Here’s a preview…