SARAH THE GARDENER

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Getting Salty

This weekend I did something I’d been putting off for absolutely ages.  During the summer I grew French Red shallots.  Every year I hold back my biggest and replant them in the hopes that I end up with something a…

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No Pressure

Now that I have my Handy Helper who pops along once a week to help out, to make things easier for me, I have this huge hankering in me to create a visible difference in the garden so when she…

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Help is on the way.  

After my foolhardy fall, and the ensuing set back while I recovered, I came to the realisation I had stretched myself too thin.  As I tried to catch up again, I realised just how much of a thin line I…

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Finally, some garden time!

It is amazing how much you can get done when everything is pointing in the right direction.  Yesterday I was very intentional with my objectives.  All my urgent affairs had been taken care of, the weather was suitable for a…

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Slowly reclaiming control.

Sometimes nature forces your hand and encourages you to get things done.  The garlic I grow is a variety called Early Pearl.  A generous friend sent me some to try many years ago and I had the best success with…

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Fraught with Frustration

There is something to be said for being in the garden every day and just doing little and often.  Over the heat of the summer the garden didn’t really need a lot and aside from constant watering and regular harvesting,…

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Why we don’t call ‘autumn’ ‘fall’.

Because it could easily be mistaken for an instruction.   And taking a fall in the garden is less than ideal, as I have just experienced! This weekend I have been working on Room Two in The Palace Garden and I…

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A fresh wind is blowing through

In typical style for out here on the wild west coast, this week’s storm’s last hurrah is wind!  There are still a few spotty showers, but the wind right now is averaging around 50 km/h with the inevitable stronger gusts.    …

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The rains came!

Finally, after 6 weeks without decent rain (not counting the pitiful amount that arrived 4 days after the 115mm deluge), and enduring higher than normal temperatures, the dry spell has been broken.   This has been looming tentatively on the weather…

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Waiting for rain

The garden seems to be in some sort of holding pattern.  The old summer plants are limping along, being supplemented by frequent watering and liquid feeds like they are on some kind of life support.  They are still productive and…

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