My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

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My Garden ~ organic seeds


The coriander has gone to seed serving as a reminder to store the seeds before the plants shed their seeds. Earlier I let a couple of green and butter bean plants dry out and picked and am saving the pods for sowing next season. I’ll simply leave some silverbeet and lettuce plants that have bolted in the recent humid conditions and let them self-perpetuate, as has happened previously, for the autumn to winter season. Next month when the potatoes (six heritage varieties), courgettes and pumpkins are ready I’ll store some as seeds.  The Urenika or peruperu (blue Maori potato) has been a winner as it looks great on the table and is disease resistant. I think I get more enjoyment being able to share the seed potatoes when people ask. It’s knowing people care about the quality and diversity of food they eat.

And thinking about planting for the cooler months ahead, I bought seeds of heritage varieties organically grown in our region. It’s always exciting to find different seeds and that will add variety to the menu – and stock of seed.   This weekend, Ill be sowing my precious new seeds. The cauliflower is Violet Sicilian. It is described as having rosy-violet florets. Joe’s Lettuce is described as having large cartreuse grey leaves and sitting well over winter. The Salad Pea  is described on the seed packet as low growing, edible shellout and having unusually shaped tendrils that taste like pea sprouts if picked when young. Manglebeet (I’ve never heard of this vegetable before) is described as extraordinary, like an enormous orange beetroot with a very sweet, pleasant and mild flavour when cubed and steamed. Apparently the tops are also edible. Nutty Celery is described as an outstanding, very disease resistant variety that can be picked by the stalk. As I’ve not grown these vegatables before, I’ll  be watching each plant with close interest at every stage of their growth. Of course, the test will be in the taste.

Author: Jenny

My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. As I see it, we are here on this place to respect and to preserve nature, not to develop the land. I love how the totara trees stand in silent witness to our human activity. They keep me honest. I love to wander along the stream bank. I like being able to grow fruit and vegetables. I enjoy green open space. My son challenged me to write a blog using my garden diaries to start. Writing a blog is quite different to my diary scribblings. It is for a different audience. In every post, I have to make a conscious effort to get free of an academic style of writing. I write about things I know and do in my everyday life. I am not a photographer but the images I use are taken by me. I believe this adds veracity to my voice in each post. Learning to setup and to manage a blog has been a major effort and remains a work in progress. Who knows where this will lead. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older phase of our life together. But family commitments continue. As it happens, I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and living creatures who live charmed existences. I watch on as they serve as actors weaving their ways across the stage of daily life. Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It: All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; Always, there's something to write about life lived as I know it.

4 thoughts on “My Garden ~ organic seeds

  1. I am curious about how many plants you plant for your sized family.

    I put in 5 tomato plants last year and it was too much while 1 eggplant was probably 1 or 2 too few. Same with the mesclan mix, the 3 plants did not go far enough.

    I was thinking about some beans this year, how many would you suggest to feed 3 of us?

  2. I grow a couple of runner beans and about six butter and green beans – and pick these regularly. Like to grow Broad Beans for over winter (scatter seeds over a bed for a green/edible crop).
    How many other plants varies because of our humidity. Generally, I’ve learned to plant about three hearted lettuces at any one time in our humid weather because they can either bolt and go to seed or rot. I’ll re-plant maybe every three weeks. Similar story with rocket and coriander. I have more success with loose/colourful leaf lettuce varieties so I’ll plant six of each for a mesulin mix. Always have self-sown spinach and silverbeet leaves. This year, I planted – one early and two mid-season tomatoes, one miniature and one cocktail/cherry tomato (grown in pots in the polyhouse), and six medium sized plants outside for later (so I don’t have to stake). I never grow enough Eggplants either.

  3. I love your site. It’s so informitive. I’m in the states. I have a picture of my garden at I have you bookmarked. Thank You

  4. I love your site. It’s so informitive. I’m in the states. I have a picture of my garden at I have you bookmarked. Thank You

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