Category Archives: In the Garden

Posts about our garden – its successes and failures.

Memorial Tree for Cliff

Our good friends Patty and Alex, who live in Italy, wanted to give me a tree to honor Cliff’s memory. Patty spoke to the owner of our local nursery and decided a Japanese maple would be a nice choice. They … Continue reading

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Cliff’s Birthday—March 23

Cliff always loved his birthday. He used to say that March was the best month because it was when he was born. August was the second best month—you can guess why. We both hoped he would have been able to … Continue reading

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New Flag

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The strong New Zealand sun has been fading our flag ever since we erected our flagpole in September of 2015. Last month we sent away to The Flag Shop Ltd for a replacement. In fact, we bought two just to … Continue reading

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Garden Round-up February 2016

Welcome to our garden.

This post is a combination of inside the veggie compound and around Arnold Acres. The hydrangeas are always beautiful in summer here. The fence is 10 m x 12 m (120 square meters inside, about 1290 square feet). The fence … Continue reading

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Fence mounted rain collection structure for our garden

Three 200 liter barrels waiting for rain.

Our house is on tank water and even though we get over three meters of rain each year there are times when we have no rain for weeks at a time. Our soil is full of stones, big and small, … Continue reading

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Flag as weathervane

Our flag in the morning

A flag makes a good weathervane, in fact it is better. Our weathervane is a traditional cast aluminium black rooster. He looks smart but needs to be studied to figure out the wind direction. Most mornings in the summer after … Continue reading

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Installing our new flagpole

Our new flag.

Later on this year (2015) Kiwis will vote to select a design for a new flag. Then early in 2016 we will have another referendum to decide whether to keep the existing flag or go for the winner of this … Continue reading

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Our wekas learned a new trick

Yum, lots of worms here!

This type of compost bin has a series of large (about 40mm or 3/4″) ventilation holes near the bottom. For years we’ve added compost to the bins and it’s stayed there. Recently we noticed paper and produce scraps outside of … Continue reading

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Frost proofing our avocado trees

Getting ready for frosty nights.

The biggest danger to our avocado trees is being hit by below freezing temperatures in their first few years. We’ve been spoiled by an unusually warm autumn but with cold weather forecast it was time to protect our trees. About … Continue reading

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Avocado Update Four Months After Planting

The trees are growing well.

Today when we went out to spray our avocado trees with one of Houshang’s fertilisers we noticed quite a few weeds had sprung up in the past week. To make it easier to get them out we opened up the … Continue reading

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