Oh what a stunning day.

What an incredible winter day

What an incredible winter day

This morning we woke to a heavy frost and clear blue skies, but strangely it wasn’t at all cold.  There didn’t seem to be that chill factor that normally accompanies a frost.  It is quite strange, it’s been like it for the last couple of days and according to the weather forecast it is supposed to continue for the next week.  That’s another SEVEN days!  I shall get out there and make the most of it.  I need to work towards getting the garden spring ready as it is rapidly approaching.  I should be sowing my pepper and chilli seeds in 3 weeks…

The daffodils keep coming

The daffodils keep coming

It’s starting to get to that exciting pre-spring stage.  The air somehow seems fresher, although I don’t know how much that has to do with Hubby the Un-Gardener mowing the lawns the other day.  The garden beds are slowly being sorted out.  Every year I say I’ll keep on top of the weeds, but it never happens and so I have to work my way around the patch and sort out each one, and then adding organic material and extra nutrients and goodies to replace what the weeds stole.  And things are starting to stir among the plants that live in my garden permanently.  Spring is coming.

I decided the day was too good not to share, so I made a wee movie and posted it on YouTube.  You can check it out HERE.  Its just a short little thing with a bit of fun in it – courtesy of the Joeyosaurus.

The first project I took on was the strawberries.  The silly things were starting to flower already.  The problem is it is too early for that and then there was the little thing called weeds.  You couldn’t see the strawberry plants for the weeds.  The up side that it was mainly dock – ordinarily my nemesis, but in my strawberry patch their big leaves had acted like some kind of mulch and suppressed most other weeds, and because the soil was soggy from the weeks of rain we have had then the long dock tap roots slipped out quite easily.

Strawberries experiencing freedom from weeds for the first time in a long time

Strawberries experiencing freedom from weeds for the first time in a long time

So after two days my 72 strawberry plants had been liberated, although I removed all the flowers I could see so the plants could concentrate on getting ready for the spring and make fatter strawberries when the time comes.  I heeled in the runners into seed trays and when the weather packs in again I’ll sit in my wee shed and pot them up.  I’m going to keep enough to replace a third of my plants next year as apparently strawberry plants are only at their best for three years.  The rest of the runners I’ll give away.

The next task was pulling down the long dead peas and clearing out the bed which will be home to the tomatoes before we know it!  An easy job and it’s good to see another bed ready.

All the peas have gone, but I still need to clear away the weeds I pulled up

All the peas have gone, but I still need to clear away the weeds I pulled up

By now I had become completely absorbed in taking care of the garden that I moved on to the next task that had actually been causing me concern for months.  The Rhubarb.  It wasn’t doing well in the summer and lush is hardly the best way to describe the growth.  Sickly and pathetic was a more accurate description.  I suspected that it was it was too low in the bed and the roots were getting to a certain depth and met the water table and rotted.

So I dug them up – all five of them and confirmed my suspicions. None of the roots went below a certain point and were all soft on the tips.  I took the opportunity to thoroughly clear out the weeds – every last trace of undesirable root.  Then I loaded the bed with sheep poo pellets, blood and bone, as splash of ash, general fertiliser, compost and numerous loads of soil to raise the level of the bed to something the rhubarb could thrive in and replanted the crowns in their new and improved home.  I hope they like it.

Finally the rhubarb have been sorted so I can stop worrying about them.  Hopefully the next time you see these they will be a fine example of lushness!

Finally the rhubarb have been sorted so I can stop worrying about them. Hopefully the next time you see these they will be a fine example of lushness!

Then as I dragged my weary body to the house I noticed the turnips were getting big.  We needed to have turnips for tea.  So I whipped a few of the larger ones out and headed inside for the day, a bit achy, but ever so pleased with myself.

Turnips for tea

Turnips for tea

But there are heaps more sunny days to come, so who knows what I’ll do tomorrow.

The garlic has come up nicely

The garlic has come up nicely

And in case you were wondering ...  this is a pukeko

And in case you were wondering … this is a pukeko

Come again soon – I can’t wait to get out there in the fresh air again – it’s so invigorating.

Sarah the Gardener  : o )

Don’t forget to check out my movie:  SARAH THE GARDENER ON YOUTUBE

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3 Comments on “Oh what a stunning day.

  1. I loved the video :). I also love that your garden is a work in progress and that you are sharing it with us all. Thank you so much for all of the information as without people like you sharing with the rest of us, the world of food production would be a very scary place to delve 🙂

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    • Thanks so much for your kind words. I would hesitate to say I actually know what I’m doing! I just read blogs and books, watch videos on youtube and give it a go. But that is the most import thing is giving it a go! Not all gardens need to be like the ones in the glossy magazines! Cheers Sarah : o )

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      • Thank goodness for that otherwise I would retire from the gardening business forthwith! We just cleared a space in our side garden for some of our 900 potted plants so that they could finally enjoy the feeling of spreading their roots. I am in mid hunt for edible species that are suitable for our edible forest in the jungle down the front of the house. My creed is “slowly slowly catchy monkey” and I swear that we would HAVE monkeys in this area were it not for the dogs! (and the feral cats…and the voracious chickens…). It’s all a bit much sometimes! 4 acres can take the wind out of you when you are looking for somewhere to start! I just loved your video and loved that you shared. Too many people waft on about their “ideal gardens…perfect space” its a bit like bike riding foodies at the moment…the blogging world is full of food blogs and wanky gardening blogs but whenever we find one that strikes a chord, like yours does, we whack it into our rss feed reader and enjoy the ride 🙂

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