Belladonna Bess

An edible garden in Wellington, NZ

Autumn vegetables January 17, 2011

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Sowing: carrots (4 varieties), beetroot. I did this yesterday but forgot to write up. Today it has rained, so it looks like good timing.

Planting: choko. I had one potted, but put it in the ground. Not sure how it will do but worth a go since I really like them.


Dry April 17, 2010

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Last week’s post, for some reason I forgot to actually put this up and it stayed draft.

Watering: there’s been the odd bit of rain, but when I try to dig into the soil it is bone dry and too hard to do anything with. I made a fair few trips with the watering can.

Planting: leeks (my neighbour gave me some seedlings she had leftover), coriander, a viola with a different colour flower.

Preparing: I ripped out the old Zephyr zucchinis, which were finished, and spread coffee grounds and sheep manure pellets before covering with newspaper, pea straw and plastic mesh. I’ll plant some more brassicas there later.

Eating: cucumber, cabbage, silverbeet, zucchini, tomatoes, garlic, shallots (both stored), strawberries, raspberries.

Buying: a kit for growing oyster mushrooms. With any luck, I should have some to eat in about 3 weeks.

Comparing: last year, when my zucchinis finished I went on to eating broccoli, but my brassicas have been slower this year and are another couple of months away at least. Possibly I haven’t been watering the garden enough, and they all have grey cabbage aphids. This is the worst I’ve seen them, in previous years I remember them in spring but not autumn.

Worrying: my silverhill mandarin has been looking miserable almost since I planted it, and I noticed the rootstock sprouting today. I pulled off the shoots, but it really isn’t doing too well.


Construction January 29, 2010

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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

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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.


Cleanup December 20, 2009

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Harvesting: the last of the broad beans, Jersey Benne potatoes (a woeful crop, and half of them appear to be Desiree, which must have resprouted from last summer), silver fir potatoes (just a few, and I haven’t eaten any myself yet), silverbeet, sugar snap peas, rhubarb (giant), cabbage, savoy cabbage. Pulled up the only 2 shallot plants still alive, one was trying to flower. I’m hoping they will dry off and at least keep a month or so.

Eating: as above, plus a few blueberries, currants and raspberries. My whitecurrant is most definitely red. That is the second time that has happened to me – how odd. My O’Neal blueberry is completely dead. The others look fine, but then so did the O’Neal 2 weeks ago. Not sure what is going on.

Planting: another Zephyr zucchini and 2 more yellow cucumbers. A couple more tomatoes, just to get them out of the greenhouse.

Lessons for next year: don’t plant sugar snap peas and shelling peas side by side in the garden. Plant more broad beans. Give them some sort of support, or they will sprawl all over the path.


Last weekend December 3, 2009

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Last weeked, in desperation, I gardened in the rain and cold. Unfortunately I was too busy to write it up.

Planting: Zephyr zucchini, yellow cucumber. The older zucchini plants looked like that might have had a virus, but they seemed to be recovering, so I planted them out in the hope they’re ok. The smaller zucchini plants and cucumbers looked ok.

Also planting: more tomatoes, a couple of basil plants, a couple more of the chili plants, lobelias and a random selection of flower seedlings.

Constructing: a very robust windbreak around the zucchinis.

Eating: baby carrots, broad beans, lettuce, pak choi, sugar beet thinnings, sugarsnap peas and RASPBERRIES

I’m so excited. Did I mention raspberries?


Yes I have been gardening… November 29, 2009

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but haven’t had time to write it down.