Rāhui Day 44

17 thoughts on “Rāhui Day 44”

  1. Cathy so lovely to see veggies growing, I like all the mulch (grass clippings?). I did not appreciate how much more difficult growing on a slope could be until it was too late, I’m here. and my slope is not as steep as yours. I didn’t know the Victorians used box because it provided shellter to preditors, I had thought it was just because it gave an ordered edge to beds. Where I am because of the peaty soil and cool temperatures cuttings usually have to be started inside, however I have found plenty in the old shed here to recyle into terraces, and as you say it makes gardening so much easier. Frances

    1. I have learnt so much about gardening here, because it’s not ‘normal’. More than that I’ve learnt so much about what plants really like! And not having much money can be a great teacher and stimulator of the imagination, can’t it?!!! (Yes – the mulch is grass clippings, but I also tend to put dried out weeds – not fresh – on top as well, stowing them in little heaps here and there – I have even been known to cut up courgettes that grew much too big and use them as a mulch!)

  2. Your veg is looking good, Cathy, and it’s good to now that your hard work is beginning to pay off. Have you had some rain this week?

  3. I wonder if you have any irrigation set up for your vegetables Cathy. Hope you have had some of the showers that are passing across France and Germany. I know how exhausting watering can be in the heat. We have put off starting a proper vegetable garden again due to the drought…. maybe next year!

    1. We’ve been meaning to install a drip system, but haven’t got round to it. Without watering, it’s impossible to grow vegetables – and I do think that some greenhouse shading would help the brassicas (like sprouts). In the autumn they tend to come back, but only if I’ve spent hours watering during the summer. I nearly put off the veggies, but then my determined husband started bringing buckets of water up from the river, and he encouraged me so much that I just kept going!

  4. My former garden was terraced with logs of the superfluous small redwood trunks that got thinned out. They work well, and are resistant to rot. I did not terrace here, but now wish I had.

    1. That would have been MUCH better, Tony. But unfortunately it would either cost money (which I haven’t a lot of) or require a man with a chainsaw (which normally I haven’t got). And of course one woman and large logs on a slope are not a good combination! I also suspect the logs that, if my husband was at home, the logs would have disappeared onto the woodburning stove in winter if we were short of firewood!

      1. Redwood is not good for firewood, but does happen to work well for other applications. I used it primarily because I did not want to waste the small trunks that were thinned out. I would have used sandstone, but a neighbor too it all away.

      2. Shame! Fortunately we have no redwood here, so I wouldn’t be tempted. And, actually, when you’re cold you’ll burn anything on the fire. We do – I’ve even started burning books that I don’t like!

      3. Redwoods really are excellent! They are so tall that if you look this way, you can see for yourself. If I aim one in just the right direction when I cut it down, you could try some of the firewood. They grow fast too. The moon is so cratered because it did not get out of the way fast enough. Anyway, it does not get very cold here, so we do not burn much wood.

  5. Your beds look so tidy and productive, which probably makes you wonder since you seem to think they’re not (tidy)! Hopefully some rain finds you this week.

    1. Thank you – you are so right! I definitely don’t think they are tidy. Other people’s vegetable gardens are so beautiful and it took a lot of courage for me to post mine! I just thought – darn, it’s sort of working, and it’s an idea that most people with a similar problem to mine could put into practice. And I do love the lavenders and santolina at this time of year, just when they are promising to flower!

  6. Looks like a lot of hard work, but everything is looking lovely and you will reap the rewards from all those fresh veggies. I have given up on growing veg as the S&S eat everything in this garden before it has a chance to grow. Though I am going to try growing some spinach and kale in crates this year and see if that is more successful. I had not thought of using grass clippings as a mulch, that’s a good idea if it is hot enough. I think here it would probably turn to slime.

  7. Looks great! Judy would be jealous as she is feeling vegetable-deprived lately, given complications of getting fresh food from the market. So what are your going to do with all those peas?

    1. There are so many plans – and actually I haven’t shown you even half of the peas! We love curry and they are wonderful in vegetarian curries (with paneer cheese). They also freeze better than any other vegetable I’ve come across.

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