Friday, 28 October 2011

This Week In The Garden

We've been planting peas and corn and pumpkin seeds and lettuce.......

and enjoying the flowering cherry blossoms...........

making daisy chains................

mulching, mulching, mulching paths and around plants.  Each Spring I mulch as much of our garden as I can before the Winter rains have a chance to evaporate.  I bark the paths and spread lucerne around the fruit trees.  It really cuts down on the weeds and helps conserve moisture in the soil.  This year because of pipework and reservoir damage from the earthquake, Christchurch is on water restrictions.  Which means hand watering only on 3 predetermined days of the week.  Those white barrels are for rainwater collection and we also collect rainwater from our roof spouting.  Its all about gardening smarter not harder.

I've been clearing and planting and rearranging this sitting area.  Its a lovely little nook under the pear tree where the kids can sit and read and I can have a cup of tea and a break from all that mulching.  We have a few seating areas in our garden, however they very rarely get used because who has got time to sit when theres gardening to be done?

And we've been enjoying the bees, really loving having them back in our garden.  They really do change the energy in the garden, their sounds and smells of nectar being turned into honey, their activities of coming and going at the hive entrance with pollen and nectar, searching for drinking water in the compost barrel.  They have a wonderful presence about them.

I try to get all the maintenance/new beds set up in Spring before it just gets too hot to be slogging away outside in the heat of Summer.  One more month of Spring left and so much to do.

Thanks for stopping by.

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