Category Archives: In the Garden

Posts about our garden – its successes and failures.

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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Apple Cucumbers and Apricot Jam

Today’s cucumbers.

I went out to the garden today to pick a few cucumbers to take to a friend. After days of seeing many flowers but few cukes I was surprised to see so many. Knowing that nobody wants this many cucumbers … Continue reading

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New stone path

Framework is in place for our new path.

  We started on this path about six months ago but chose the wrong timber for the boxing. There’s nothing like the thought of overseas guests arriving to focus our energy and construct the path more or less properly. These … Continue reading

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Avocados at Arnold Acres

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Way back in May we read an article in a Sunday magazine about growing avocados in Nelson. It sounded intriguing so we contacted Houshang at Avopro up in the North Island to see if we could grow them in our … Continue reading

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Our new track

Before the track was cut.

Between our house and the river is a garden with native grasses. On the other side of the native grasses is a slope down to the river with weed grass, a few ponga ferns (lower left corner of photo) and … Continue reading

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Ellerslie Flower Show 2013

This huge garden by Ben Hoyle, named “A French Kiss for Akaroa” won a gold medal. I don’t know what it had to do with Akaroa,  but it was spectacular. I’m standing in front of it just to prove we … Continue reading

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Garden highlights

This blog post is mostly about vegetables but I thought I’d start with something prettier. This hydrangeas is the biggest of about six we planted in 2011 and 2012—they grow very well here. I grew the flax in front from … Continue reading

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Early Spring 2012

Nothing quite says “spring” like asparagus. About a week ago we planted seven more asparagus crowns in raised beds. Three went into the one we planted asparagus in two years ago to replace a few that didn’t make it. Four … Continue reading

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