Happy Spring!!

Gifts from a very dear friend, I just love this metal tin featuring many garden birds and the sounds they make… Inside the tin is an assortment of mixed nuts coated with caramel, delicious…

Happy Spring to all those in the Southern Hemisphere and happy Autumn to everyone in the North:)

Today has been a glorious day, our fruit trees are bursting with a kaleidoscope of colourful blossoms. The bees are in their element, busily rushing from one flower to the next. I am going to be planting up seed trays for our summer veggies this afternoon and placing horse manure around the fruit trees.

I am so looking forward to a season of work in the garden with temperatures rising and the cold of winter thankfully being left behind. I want to grow a few new varieties of plants this year and try and ensure a constant or semi-constant supply of veggies for our table. I have really wanted to try and rely less and less on the shops for our veggies, I would love to be able to pick more than lettuce, tomatoes and pumpkins for our table. We do grow other veggies but they are not in constant supply.

I would love to hear your veggie succession planting tips if you have any to share.

Hope your day is just wonderful wherever you may be…

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15 Responses to Happy Spring!!

  1. Sara September 1, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    beautiful pictures. Really makes me long for the newness of spring. We are just getting ready to head into autumn here.
    Unfortunately I had horrible luck in the garden this year-the
    Only thing that grew well for me was jalapeno, lavender and peppermint. The peppermint is still going strong and very fragrant-really a lovely plant to grow.
    Enjoy the season!

  2. poppy September 1, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    We had a lot of success this year with trying some permaculture from the book Gaia’s Garden. I think our Plot was maybe 3 feet by 3 Feet and I let my daughter just toss in the seeds on top of the soil for: carrots, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, radishes, and sugar snaps. We smoothed over the soil a bit to hide the seeds from the birds and watered. I did pretty much no weeding, or thinning and it needed almost no care other then water and pick the veggies as they were ready.. next time I may (or may not as she had such fun) try to spread the seeds a little better. As she is two, we had some large clumps of things. I am really happy how our little experiment paid off. Little and I got to pick veggies of some kind pretty much each day.

  3. Becca September 1, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Looks so beautiful there! We had a small garden this year. A small in ground plot and a square foot garden as well as a palette garden & wine barrel. They did pretty well. We had loads of tomatoes, some cucumbers, zucchini, green chilli, melon, sweet red peppers & a few dif herbs. We have a really long growing season here and our summer veggies are continuing to grow. I wondered about how to add some fall veggies when we have so little room. I want peas, beans & lots of greens as well as carrots & turnips. A friend had an awesome tip to plant fall veggie seeds around the summer plants and as summer plants die off, the fall plants will be growing strong. I wouldn’t have thought of that. I thought one would have to come out before the other. So I’ve planted some and we’ll see how it works! Have fun with your gardening!

  4. Crystal September 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    Happy Spring Linda! It was a cold and miserable day here in Durban today but we have had a few very warm days this week and spring is definitely in the air.

  5. Ginny September 1, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    Nice photos. It is kind of reassuring to know that Spring is arriving in your half of the world, as there is a definite chill in the air here in England.

  6. Heather September 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    Oh lovely! We are heading into Autumn here in Washington State. Today is even cool in the house. It is time to replenish our sweaters. I went to find one this morning and realized my stash is awfully low and maybe even a few have some holes :(

  7. Andrea from ziezo September 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

    Lovely pics! Glad to hear that spring has arrived there, we are still waiting a little with days going back and forth between chilly and warm. . .

  8. Patti September 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    Oh Linda! Thank you for sharing SPRING!!! This post I’m saving!!! We’re just about to enter our Fall season and since we have had such a dry summer, I’m afraid we won’t have much color this year. Soooo, I will be referring to your pictures many times over the next few months until we enter Spring again! (don’t like winter at all) Sending hugs and love!!! BLESSINGS!!! patti

  9. Barbara Szatkiewicz September 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    We are heading into Autumn here in Wisconsin. The tree are beginning to turn their reds, golds and oranges. I love the crispness of fall but winter not so much. I envy you the renewal you are experiencing. I love watching the blooming of the earth and the warmth in the sun. Maybe you have a spare room for a weather malcontent? LOL.

  10. Aleta @ Hinterland Mama September 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    Happy Spring to you, dear Lady.
    That tin is perfect, isn’t it? ღ

  11. Gracey September 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    As you head into Spring…we head into Fall….my favorite season…the weathermen are saying no more really hot days (although yesterday was hot)…

    golden, red and orange leaves…..
    crisp air
    apple harvests
    and the best?
    The big fiber festival known as Rhinebeck…

  12. ~ joey ~ September 2, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    I am beginning to embrace Autumn with as much enthusiasm as you have for Spring. A week ago I would have said I don’t want Summer to end but I do love the rich colours and “warmth” of the season, even if the temp starts to drop. Your talk of starting seeds reminds me to try some winter gardening here.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos!
    xoxo
    ~ joey ~

  13. Donna September 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    Isn’t our world amazing? I just love that you are having spring as we go into fall and both are such colorful and inspiring seasons in their own ways.
    I wonder, though, if we would appreciate spring as much without the winter…

  14. Taryn Kae Wilson September 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    Linda,
    It’s amazing seeing spring blossoms right now!! We are in the end of summer.

    Enjoy the freshness of spring.

    Love, Taryn

  15. K September 5, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    May your spring and summer have none of the heaviness and heat of our past few months. May the days be full of sweet breezes, lovely sights, joy and no worry. May you all be blessed with all that summer can give, that free feeling of walking through air that loves you.

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