Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holidays and garden bits



The boys only have a few days of school left now and we have already planned a holiday at Grandmas new house in Arrowtown. This will be the longest time we've been away for over three years and I am hunting round for someone to water the triffid (tomato) inside and feed the animals etc. I am hoping a friends daughter will live in for the week.

Matt has dug the garden free of gravel (it was supposed to be part of a driveway but proved a bit steep for general use.) and planted two rows of potatoes. It is a bit late for general planting but we will try a few things as you never know. James, at 14 is into computer games etc but has also claimed a plot to plant things in and has done a really good job of laying it out, weeding and planting. He has yams and sweet corn in his plot and they are all sprouting merrily. William has merely shoved a couple of extra strawberry plants in his plot so far.

The lettuces are still producing madly - poor James! He really doesn't like lettuce much! There are also peas and garlic although not in large amounts yet, along with a large contingent of parsley plants from the ones that went to seed last year. We all like parsley chopped through our mashed potato so no doubt it will run out as usual :)

We are down another elderly hen so there are only three left now. I think its time we sourced some more but not until we get back. Skilly has decided that the big chest in the front hall is a good spot to view everyone so I gave her an old rug to keep her off the rather elaborate carving and she now thinks it just purrrrrfect :)

The photos are one of the more interesting cars to go up the street and almost the last photo of Chainsaw with Skilly lying in front of him.

viv in nz

3 comments:

JandK said...

i just planted my strawberry plants too. I got the starts from http://www.gardenharvestsupply.com/ProductCart/pc/Strawberry-Plants-for-Sale-Bare-rooted-Potted-Strawberries-c130.htm

knutty knitter said...

I'm not American so no use to me:)

Mine are all local from various sources and then sprouted on here too.

viv

Mickle in NZ said...

Dear Chainsaw, sitting up to get some heat as Skilly is trying to "hog" it all.

Your dear Chainsaw had the same tabby patterned coat as my daft Zebby - the mackeral pattern. Zeb is a brown mackeral type. He is listed at his Vets as a "mixed breed domestic short hair" - I am so lucky that the "mix" includes some Burmese!