Just Like Summer

Today was a stunning day, perfect for spending outside in the garden.

I planted two blueberry plants in a half-barrel type planter – a Blue Dawn & a Tasty Blue (both rabbiteye varieties) and three strawberry plants, which I surrounded with lettuce seeds before tucking them in with pea straw.

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And a petunia in a half pot which is now hanging against the fence.

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I scattered marigold, basil, coriander, and parsley seeds in the first vege bed (with tomatoes & lovage). There’ll still be quite a bit of room, hopefully my heirloom Brandywine & Black Krim tomato seeds will be ready to plant in a couple of weeks.

In the second vege bed, I planted Rua & Cliff Kidney seed potatoes in rows, four corn seedlings, and some cucumber seeds. There’s still some room for the beans once those seedlings are big enough. I also chucked in some nasturtium seeds, but they’re a bit old – hopefully they still take. I understand they’re good for keeping aphids off the cukes & corn.

I still need to plant the snowball tree, the hydrangea, and some flowering shrubs, but after weeding (ugh, so many weeds!), I was too worn out. Hopefully the weather is so nice again tomorrow – I’m picking up, courtesy of a Wellington garden group, a couple of litres of worm wee, and a Thessaloniki tomato plant, a Greek variety that apparently is very good, with high yields and good disease resistance. After that, will aim to get those bushes in.

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Oh and early Monday morning the Botanic Garden is lifting tulip bulbs & giving them out on a first come first serve basis – so hopefully I can get there early enough to nab some! I don’t know much about them & whether they’ll still flower, but I do love cheerful tulips!

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