Tuesday, February 17, 2015


There was a gap between taking the photos, and the writing of it this week, and I've already moved on to other things, but let me dredge my mind. Why did I take these photos?
The cucumbers seemed like a greater triumph, for some reason, than tomatoes and basil; all three are amazing just because they are home grown. How often do I say that?
Even the grotty tomatoes make  pasta sauce that has no comparison to one made with a can of tomatoes and  the slug-chewed sunburned basil becomes delicious pesto. I know, if you are reading a gardening blog I am preaching to the converted.


The timer is a reprimand. I popped the sprinkler on in the tunnel house, flouting watering restrictions because the job is so tedious... but then I forgot. 
If the ground reaches saturation point within 1/2 hr, and the water flow was say, 2 litres a minute, how many litres ran down,  the "River Driveway"  for the next 2 hours?
B retrieved a timer out of the garage, a commendable feat in itself, without saying anything, another commendable feat, and taped it to the hose.

I was given 3 different strawberry varieties this year that I am keen to trial. First step is multiplication.  Just the one runner so far for Type A, but A comes highly recommended for big red fruits; in a rare bit of top-class care, I have tucked the progeny into a snug little punnet of potting mix. Grow strong little one.

Now this is a conundrum. The fejoia is 'Unique' I think, suggested for this climate, but I don't understand how something that is flowering right now, can produce fruit on the cusp of the season like this. I may have to move the pair of them; I wanted them to sit nicely in front of the compost bins but they seem to be telling me that their needs are not the same as mine. I'm listening but I'll give it another year in case they come around. 


  1. That really would be grand, to have a feijoa that fruited in Dunedin. I had my first feijoa when I was 22, such was the scarcity of them down south back in the olden days of my youth. Your cucumber looks very impressive on the vine there, too.
    I keep meaning to call you for that baked ratatouille recipe you had a few years ago. Do you remember that one? We have all the ratatouille things in spades at the moment.

    1. Yes are you thinking of that lentil moussaka or perhaps roast ratatouille is the one. I'll type it up and send it on, I had forgotten how nice that was. We were so impressed with H's comics that Mum sent down. Louis said, "that boy will go far".

  2. really enjoyed Giles' latest blog post; erasure poetry. Particularly liked "you are afraid you are capable because you are someone". Last night, just as we thought we had Louis and Gabriel ready to go to bed Louis announced that they were about "to run amok". Ken