A time to sow and time to launch.
Now you may have noticed that I haven’t been as bloggy this last year as in previous years as I have been a bit distracted. I have written this most amazing kids gardening book PLAY IN THE GARDEN and it will be released in good book stores in New Zealand on September 5th. So super excited!
When I was asked to write a kids gardening book, I almost said no, because Tim the Helper and the Joeyosaurus aren’t that interested in gardening unless it is easy or there is something to eat! They start out with a whiz and a bang all full of enthusiasm and grand dreams of a fabulous harvest in their corner of the garden. Then they lose interest, and let’s face it, dealing with pests and weeds and having the patience to see a garden through to the end is hard enough for adults, let alone kids.
But I thought about it and came up with some ways to get the boys away from the lure of their screens and join me in the garden for a summer of fun. I didn’t set aside a garden for them, I used that space to grow things that we could use for exciting projects. They did have to help me out from time to time with the whole garden, but they enjoyed caring for the plants, once they knew what we were going to do with them. We had a blast last summer and it will be great to do it again this year.
It is a cute little book, with fabulous illustrations, and jam packed with projects for the whole season. I am so chuffed with it.
It will also be available outside New Zealand through Fishpond – I’ll put a link below if anyone is interested.
So I have been pottering about in the garden getting things all ready and tidy for the season and free up some time needed for the launch of Play in the Garden.
The lawns have been mowed and most of the beds are weed free and ready to go. I still have to do the strawberries, and the brassicas, and the bed beside the shed that I build because I could get away with it, but am not sure how to use it. I’m thinking nursery bed for transplanting in warmer weather, so the seedlings don’t dry out as easily as they do in pots in the height of summer. The shed got a bit of a spring clean, but that was no thanks to the efforts of a mouse to wreck as much havoc as it’s furry little body could do! A surprizing amount! Let’s just say the mouse problem has been taken care of.
I have my seeds at the ready and apart from my chillies and peppers, half of which are doing great, and the other half are still lazing beneath the soil. I’m not worried too much – yet, as I have had some in the past take up to 53 days to come up! The rest of the seeds are in my seed box, which I have been tempted to whip out and start, because I want to, really, really want to. But I just need to cast my memory back to last year when I sowed my tomato seeds midway through August and when the time came to pop them in the garden they were quite large – bigger than any on sale in the garden centres. So I wait for spring – only 5 days to go, but oh how much a tomato can grow in 5 days in the middle of spring!
I am so spring ready it is amazing. This has never happened before. Normally I am fighting to get things done before the seedlings need their beds!
Come again soon – I’m itching to sow seeds.
Sarah the Gardener : o )