It’s gone amazingly fast (most of it), except for when I was waiting for seeds to grow and moaning on here about that!
We’ve had some awesome things happen in our lives this year, for better and for worse. I’m hoping 2012 brings more happiness for the now & gwen house, and that the ground stops moving in Christchurch. I already have new ideas for the garden next spring if we’re still in this house by then. I guess only time will tell :)
Starting this blog is probably one of the best things I’ve done for myself in ages. I never really expect people to read it, but it’s always a blessing to receive lovely comments from you, and it’s been awfully therapeutic for me. I’ve needed an outlet for a while and gardening, while quickly becoming my most favorite hobby, is quite a solitary experience for me. It’s been wonderful reading so many blogs and (e)meeting so many lovely bloggers out there!
Things are still full steam ahead outside! I picked my first King of Blues beans today and blanched them in some salt water. They tasted amazing, and were longer than my hand — I wasn’t expecting them to grow so long! The kittens had to inspect them before cooking, of course. In the picture, I’d snapped all of then in half, so picture them twice as long as that.
I think this variety of beans would be really great to grow if you have kids. Watching them turn from a dark, purple-black to green while they blanch is lots of fun! The magic happens very fast. :)
I also tied up the peas a bit more today, and pushed them over the top of the fence so they’ll grow in that direction instead of flopping over. Some of them have started to yellow. I’m not sure why exactly! I’ve always read that peas don’t need much fertilizing/feeding, so I haven’t really feed them in a while. I’m wondering if it’s a deficiency or if they just really dislike being so close to spring onions.
I picked a bunch of sugar snap pods and lots of huge snow peas that I’ll be eating for dinner tonight! I’ve found that the pea pods have a really sweet smell when you pick them, even though the flower has dropped off of it days before then. It lingers on your fingers like marigolds do when you’re deadheading them.
I moved the red sail lettuces from bed #2 to bed #1 to make room for all the tomatoes and capsicum plants. They were touch and go for the first day, but they’re settling in nicely and look like they’ll be bolting this week. We had some really hot days last week that made my green lettuces bolt, so I pulled them from bed #1.
I spotted our first tomato today as well and let out a little cheer! Nearly all the full-sized tomato plants and pear tomato plants have flowers on them now. In a few weeks I think we’ll get a lovely first crop! I can hardly wait :) We’re going to attempt making our own chutney & tomato sauce with what we harvest in 2012.
The nemophilia is looking as lovely as ever, with the white snowstorm poking up through the baby blue-eyes. I think this flower will be a keeper for me. I’m going to look forward to growing them every year.
Best wishes from now & gwen to you and yours! :) See you in 2012!