Thursday, July 31, 2008

When will the storms end?

Wow what a wet week. I have to feel sorry for those up north and down south but mostly I just feel sorry for myself as I haven't been able to garden.
I have however decided the rain is a blessing in disguise. I make and sell kids costumes on Trade Me to earn enough money for gardening goodies. I sell about one costume a week and this keeps me going. Ooops this week I sold 19. Help I am sewing as fast as I can but have only got 7 done so far.
Poor neglected puppy and my chicks are sitting in a cage in the garage waiting for nicer weather and me to have time to finish making their run.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Slugs and snails and puppy dog tails

Not only has my garden been ignored but my poor seedlings too. Due to the wetter than wet weather and my cute little time waster, I've not checked on my seedlings in the better part of a week.
This morning I got a call to say my chicks arrive tomorrow. This sent me into a bit of a spin as I still haven't got anywhere to keep them (and the friend building a hen house still hasn't either). So I dashed out to tidy my soon to be chicken yard starting with shifting my seedlings. Only there was not very many left. My sneaky suspicion is slugs and snails, however now there are even less due to the thing with the puppy dog tail. He thought it was a great game and single handedly destroyed about half of those remaining by jumping excitedly on them much to my horror and annoyance.
That said I shifted them to under the deck and started to put up bird netting to deter the cats and wild birds from my chicken run.
Once Latte stopped destroying seedlings
he turned to his next favourite hobby - eating Doppelganger. Soon my poor kitten (who lets him) will have no ears or tail!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

All has been quiet.

Well things in the garden have come to a complete halt in terms of anything new or me lifting a finger. On the plus side I am eating the first of the winter peas, broccoli, lettuce and radishes.
School holidays and wet winter weather are not my only excuses for being so slack.
After 20 odd years of wanting one I have finally got a puppy. And he is soooooo cute. And sooooooo much trouble. His name is Latte and he is a boarder collie crossed with a husky. Yesterday I was reading in a magazine about the best and easiest types of dogs for a family. It read: the le
ast number of characteristics your dog shares with a wolf the easier the pet it will make. Boy oh boy are we in for trouble because this dog is all wolf. Anyway here are some photos to make you jealous. And hopefully I'll get some gardening done soon.

Monday, July 14, 2008

School Holidays

Winter and the school holidays have slowed me down a bit. Not a lot of gardening has been happening.
I spent a few hours today transplanting seedlings and putting in a new lot of seeds. My little plastic houses do an awesome job of keeping the heat in and germinating seeds. The biggest problem is room. I have been taking those seedlings which are not frost tender and putting them in the car port. Unfortunately then they get the cold weather and stop growing.