Garden update

I got to potter around the garden yesterday and today, take naps with kitties, and watch awesome television.  I also went to The Warehouse (US folks, it’s a store sorta like … Target? Maybe? Mixed with Walmart?) and tried on more dresses.  Didn’t buy any, though, but didn’t get all grumpypants, either.

I spent aaages in the gardening department, looking at stuff.  The only things I actually purchased were a big 40L bag of Tui veggie mix (again, I ran out) and a hose connector thingie to fix the hose in the back yard that exploded on me yesterday! Lol! That was good fun.  Luckily I was already wet from the leak it had.

Speaking of gardening — here’s that garden update I promised!

I have to warn you, a lot of garden updates go something like this: “Everything’s growing.”  Yeah.  Lol! Everything is growing!  Things are looking nice and green, and reaching for the sky (at a very slow pace in some instances).

Nemophilias growingMy tire (or tyre) planters with the nemophilia flowers in them are coming along well!  I think I’ll lay some more seeds in the spots I missed originally, to fill them in a bit.  Two weeks ago, this one on the front porch had teeny sprouts that my camera wouldn’t focus on.  You can see that picture in my October Bloom Day post.

One of the ones on my back patio has really leggy sprouts that look nothing like the ones in the other three — I’ll take a picture of that tomorrow.  I think because that one is in the shady spot, the sprouts think they have to be taller?  They look pretty funny!

Side raised garden bed My raised garden beds are looking more like garden beds!  I still have the chicken wire on top of them most of the time, until I get them all filled in so the cats aren’t so tempted to walk (or poop) in them.

I swear the one with my peas and beans didn’t look like this when I left for Wellington.  Stuff grows so much in 5 days!  You can click on these pictures to see bigger versions of them, if you want!

Tomorrow I’m going to add another line of twine across my garden stakes to give the peas and beans something to reach — can’t be bothered buying an actual trellis for them, and I don’t have anything to build one out of, so twine will do just fine :)

marigolds peas green lettuce

The first marigold bloomed for Ben while I was away.  I was a bit sadface about that, lol!  I’ve gotten to see a few more open up everyday I’ve been home, though, so that makes up for it :)

I could really just sit on my front porch and watch the plants grow all day long, but that wouldn’t really pay my bills!  Shame.  Anyone need a plant-grower-watcher-person?  Professional scarecrow, maybe?

spring onion sproutsMy purple carrots are finally sprouting next to my spring onions!  I love the way the spring onions look — so delicate right now!  And the boston crunch lettuce has survived being transplanted.

I think I might stick some of my herbs in between the lettuce heads in this bed, since this variety stays pretty compact.  Although, The Warehouse had this freaking cool stacking pot thing…if that goes on sale ever, I might put my herbs in that.  Or maybe some small garden troughs? Not sure!

red leaf lettuceIn the front bed, the red leaf lettuce has survived well — the first few days some of the heads were not happy at all and looked like they were dying until I watered them.  Such a floppy variety of lettuce!  Drama queen lettuce, I call it.

There’s nothing else in this bed except marigolds now, sadly.  Pretty boring, I know.  I’m waiting for my bell pepper & pear tomato plants to hurry up!  They’re taking their sweet time, I tell you.  Patience is not one of my best virtues, but I am learning to keep myself occupied with other things while I wait for things to grow!

That’s pretty much it, really!  Sort of boring :( Hopefully soon I’ll get some more blooms in and some peas and beans growing!  Someone tell my tomatoes to hurry up?  I’ve never grown them from seed before.  They take ages!

How is your garden doing?


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Emma - Craving Fresh
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 07:23:03

    Your gardens are beautiful! And I’m going to steal your idea to tie twine between poles to give beans something to hold onto. You’re clever!


    • gwen
      Nov 03, 2011 @ 08:31:13

      I just loop them around each pole and tie them to the fence for support, although I think if you just tied them to the end poles, it would work too! :)


  2. promenadeplantings
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 10:28:52

    Oh I’m jealous! As I’m clearing in readiness for winter there are your young little plants starting out!.Roll on March!


  3. boyssmell
    Nov 03, 2011 @ 11:57:38

    Wow, the beans and peas are really going to look loverly. The beds are already looking so full too, I envy you. Make sure you send some of your produce to Cleveland, ok? Don’t worry, they won’t spoil and I’m SURE that customs will let them through ;) Very pretty pictures, too, gwen. A+


  4. Frogdancer
    Nov 05, 2011 @ 08:36:00

    I thought you said ‘necrophilia flowers’!!!!!


    • gwen
      Nov 05, 2011 @ 10:18:03

      LOL When I first saw their name, I thought the same thing XD Nemophilia means “shade lover” apparently (according to the seller I got the seeds from). I haven’t bothered looking it up myself!


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