Thursday, November 5, 2015

Edible gardening with confidence

One worry I had about growing vegetables is not being any good at it. Other people are very good so my self talk is, we can learn how. We'll get books and through trial and error we will get there. We can buy vegies from the vegetable shop until we get good at it.
I did have an epiphany the other day. My gardens have always been small in size. We have done square foot gardening and gardening in pots. They have always produced. We have had carrots, cauliflower, spinach, kale, strawberries, red currants, peas, broad beans and cherry tomatoes. The amount of each was not great, though as you can see size was sometimes excellent. We did get a bumper harvest of tomatillos from very few plants. If you want to feel successful at gardening, tomatillos definitely help. You will need to enjoy them though. We grew ours from seed and they did take over more than their square of the square foot garden. This was my 'aha' moment. We can garden. This time we will be planting more because we will have the space. Even at my current success rate that should increase our haul of produce. Having small gardens can make you feel inadequate compared to the amount of produce of others. Also small gardens usually means compromises in sun positioning for maximum yields. I am now looking forward to seeing the results of planting more plants and having the space to choose the right place to put them.

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5 Favourite Sights Seen

  • 1996 Watching tropical lightning turn night to day, outside a little wooden church in a small village in Sabah.
  • 2004 Flying down the Rainbow Valley at 8000ft in a cessna on a clear blue day.
  • 2003 Seeing and hearing Michael Schmacher rolling out of the pit garage in his Ferrari in Hungary.
  • 2009 Chancing upon 100 or more dolphins just off the Kaikoura Coast swimming around, jumping out of the water, doing somersaults and generally having fun.
  • 2006 Finding a pool at the bottom of a waterfall in the bush at Kaikoura that was full of playing baby seals.