Come rain or shine, I will garden.

It’s been raining here for a few days now. I used to love rain. Back home, thunderstorms were amazing, but here, rain just seems like a waste of time. We don’t get good thunderstorms here. Just greyness and rain. Now that I’m gardening, it really does feel like a waste of time when I’m stuck inside and can’t putter around outside. Come rain or shine, I will get stuff done!

I decided that I wasn’t going to lie around and do nothing yesterday. Ok, maybe I did nothing for the first few hours, but after that I decided to do something:


I washed out all of the pots that were on the front porch. Yes, that is a Pirates of the Caribbean cup hiding amongst the terra-cotta. It holds our silverware before we (I) load the dishwasher. The really cool thing about the pots  is that they were free. Someone down the street put out heaps of free gardening stuff a few months ago, when they had to move house. Totally made my day!

Then I decided to re-pot a few tomatoes that sprouted in the same container and the two cucumber plants that have come up. They seemed like they were really happy afterwards! :) The green lettuce also got a bigger house. Hopefully they live!

I finally figured out how to take (somewhat) less blurry pictures, too. I have a feeling our Samsung is trying to die on me, though. The shutter sometimes doesn’t open all the way when you turn the camera on… I guess I’ll add a new camera to my wish list.

I know the marker looks like it says cake, but it really did say cuke. It was written on before I made the cake on Sunday.

Update on the strawberries that I was going to replant — I lifted up the trough they’re in to get a better look at it and holy crud, there was a PLUG on one side of the bottom! I got it open and about a gallon of water poured out of it (again, it’s been raining). Poor strawberries. They were just sitting in all that water. I’m happy I don’t have to dig them out and drill holes in the bottom like I thought I would!

It wasn’t raining as bad today,  so I was able to get out to my garden beds and actually plant stuff during the dry spells. My beans & peas went in, along with some scarlet runner beans that I’m growing straight from seed. So exciting!

Ms. Courgette, a.k.a. Zucchini, also went into her corner of the other garden bed. She looks sort of lonely at the moment, sitting in her fortress of chicken wire. Chicken wire = no kitty poop.

I also re-potted Ms. Chameleon Rose into a bigger pot. I need to find some bark to mulch her with. She had really bad aphids on her new growth, so I sprayed her down with some diluted dish soap and it worked! Thanks to Ben’s Dad for that handy tip! :)

On a totally unrelated note, I signed up to this Ultimate Blog Challenge, where the aim is to post 31 times in October (ideally once a day). If any of you are subscribed via email, I would advise changing the setting (if you can) on your end to weekly digest so your inbox doesn’t get bombarded. I tried to see if I could do this from my end for you, but I can’t! :( Very sorry. If I come across a solution, I’ll run with it.

Please don’t hate me! It’s to get me writing regularly and hopefully the writing will come easier after the month is up :)


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. SeekingMJ
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 00:32:05

    Gwen, It is nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing your goals as well.

    I wish you luck with the UBC! It is going to be great! :)


  2. rebeccazerjav
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 01:33:45

    I surely don’t mind daily posts! gives me something to read at work!!

    I love your garden. I have some serious garden envy going on!!

    My camera does the same thing. So annoying when I’m trying to get a picture in a hurry!! Let me know if you find a good replacement!


    • gwen
      Oct 06, 2011 @ 10:22:06

      Lol glad to know I won’t be annoying you! Can’t wait to stop by and read your blog! ^_^ Will keep folks updated on the camera status…hopefully ours lasts a bit longer.


  3. Beth
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 01:42:48

    Look at you go! And posting everyday?! O hot dang, I sadly don’t think I can do that. He doesn’t give me enough material…. Haha.


  4. Madeleine @ NZ Ecochick
    Oct 06, 2011 @ 13:44:49

    chicken wire what a great idea. Might be worth putting on berries so the birds not eat them. Enjoy making sushi xx


    • gwen
      Oct 06, 2011 @ 13:55:04

      Chicken wire might work for your berries if you make a cage with it! We bought a massive roll last year off of trademe for about $35 dollars I think? Good luck with your garden!


  5. Emma (@cravingfresh)
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 21:04:55

    Oh my goodness, you have done so much already! And your terracotta pots look lovely. It’s awesome that you got them for free.


  6. gwen
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 21:32:36

    It doesn’t feel like I’m doing enough, really! The hard part for me is waiting for things to grow lol


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