Wednesday, September 29, 2010

In the veggie garden - planting seeds

It was so nice on Sunday to potter about and finally start sowing some seeds. It's a bit of a waste of time starting any sooner, October is usually windy and for the last couple of years any seedlings planted out have been flattened. So this year we are starting some seeds off in pots. We have bought a few starter plants which went out but most have already be devoured by slugs and snails or dug up by chickens or cats! Ya can't bloody win. So we've started again and the raised beds with anything left are now covered over.
My garden apprentice and chief digger upper of said veg seedlings is never far away.
Just to get ahead of the game with tomatoes this year we bought a couple already growing. We didn't have a good year last year, summer was just about over before we got any toms then we had a glut, mainly of green tomatoes that were made into chutney!!
This tomato is a Moneymaker supertom, a grafted plant, quite pricey but we've had great success with grafted plants in the past.
This is just a normal seedling and is a cherry tom plant. I love eating these straight off the plant.
Quite a few pots as you can see, the purple ones are mainly tomatoes, all different varieties, we figured if you plant loads then we must get some success. I did read in the NZ gardener magazine the other day that this is supposed to ba a good tomato growing year .... we shall see!
Here's a list of what we planted Sunday:

Tomatoes:
Money maker
Cherry dots
Roma
Tigerella
Mini orange - heritage
Honey yellow - heritage
Black fum tula - heritage

Cucumbers:
Lebanese
Burpless (we shall see!)

Zucchini:
Black beauty
Black Jack

Pumpkins:
Crown
Giant (? not sure of correct name, seeds were commandeered from Hamilton gardens!)

Melon: Saved seeds from shop bought

Beans etc:
Scarlett runner


Corn:
Early Chief

Yesterday I planted a bed full of peas, not sure which variety but all saved from previous year.

Over the last couple of weeks when it hasn't been raining we've been weeding the paths in the vegetable garden, if only the veggies grew as well as the weeds and grass does!

Still need to plant directly, beetroot, rocket, radish, red onions, french beans (green & yellow).

I also tidies up my strawberry tower, it;s had flowers on the plants already. I'll take some photos of the veg garden later.


5 comments:

  1. It is nice to read about what you are planting as our gardening season comes to a close. Your helper is beautiful, by the way.

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  2. I love tomatoes, when I was living back in NZ I used to grow Beef Steak, they were meaty matos... Have to admit I'm a tad envious of your seedling stash.. can't wait to see some piccies of the garden in full swing.. I live in hope of getting something other than herbs in the garden when we get back East in 7 weeks.

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  3. Her name is Jinx, and she's a minx!
    I wonder how the tomatoes will perform this year? I may well be looking for 101 ways with tomatoes! :D

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  4. Yay for you, finally out into the sunshine and the garden.

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  5. It was great! Looks like rain now though :(

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