|Portulaca Sundial Mango, a nice succulent for the rockery, they say. I've planted heaps of them to liven up a narrow retaining wall at the back of the house. They're doing well.|
|Yes, we've still got our Spanish pots. They've seen a bit of the world. Pelargoniums are in it at the moment. Nora loves touching them.|
|These plants need to be dug out|
Because I couldn't wait till the trees have been dug out, I bought little seedling boxes, seed, seed-growing mix and started sowing those plants that are suitable to sow right now: it's the good old winter veges like broccoli, leek, brussel sprouts, onions, lettuce, endive, and baby beetroot. And when those trees are out I can sow a few more winter veges directly into the soil, like kale (boerenkool), radishes, rhubarb, parsnip, swede, carrot, kohlrabi and fennel. Exactly what I had in NZ. And I didn't get further than that, because we moved house. But this time I'd like to complete the whole circle, so eventually we'll also have potatoes, capsicum, corn, courgette, tomatoes, cucumber, beans, passionfruit, apple, and some citrus and berries too. Yeah...
So a new adventure is starting.
The first seedlings have emerged after not even a week, and I've thinned them to the strongest ones. They can now grow a bit more before planting them out - and for that to happen we need the trees gone. And the soil prepared. When it's all done I'll have 10 beds of 150cm, with 30cm paths between each bed.
According to my garden book you need six of these areas to provide year-round vegetables for a family of four - a total area of about 100m2. Wow. Not aiming for that :-)
|Sprouts, broccoli and lettuce|