Weekend Gardening

We are well into autumn here in South Africa, you wouldn’t really say so though. The mornings are cooler but the sun is still incredibly warm and this lovely weather lends itself to wonderful days of gardening… We visited our favourite nursery yesterday, called Four Seasons and bought a whole bunch of organic veggie and flower seedlings to plant in our garden. We have an acre of ground here and I am going to try something different and plant up our garden beds with flowers and vegetables. I am enjoying learning all I can about companion planting, so I have transplanted some Pennyroyal to the strawberry patch to keep insects from eating the strawberries and I have mulched the lettuce bed with oak leaves to stop the lettuces from being eaten by snails!

Everyone worked together yesterday clearing this front garden bed. It has become overgrown with creepers and really is redundant as far as growing anything is concerned. We have cleared, deeply composted it and planted it up with carnations, calendulas (for pest control), puffballs, spinach, cabbage, broccoli and returned the irises and other bulbs back to the bed.

I love this time of year because this is when the Red Hot Pokers flower and give us such an amazing show…

The Aloes are also in full bloom and attract many songbirds to drink their nectar and plenty of bees too! The bees crawl right up the open flower tubes:)

Outside our kitchen door is another small spot where veggies can be planted, so Jenna pulled out everything, composted and turned the soil and filled this basin with veggies…

Our little windmill we bought while on holiday in Clarens…

The fully planted front beds, I can’t wait for them to be bursting with flowers and veg!

Remember those tiny day old chicks we brought home, well they have certainly grown quite a bit since then… They have been moved into their new enclosure and are very happy.

Kye even helped dad wash the car. We have had such a full and productive weekend, I love it!
What have you been busy doing this weekend?
xo Linda
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7 Responses to Weekend Gardening

  1. Rene' Sharp May 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    What a lovely post my friend. So nice to see all your kids helping you in the garden. I didn’t do too much in the garden this weekend. Just planted a few marigold seeds in my veggie patch to try and stop the aphids from getting to my cabbage & cauliflour. Hope you have a lovely week ahead. Ours is going to be chaotically busy, I am not quite ready for the weekend to end 🙁

  2. Faerie-Dancer May 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    I love how the chickens are helping as well! Do you grown year round then? The Red Hot Pokers are going on my list for amazing flowers; their beautiful.

  3. Rachel May 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    Wow! You have had a full day. All that planting and cleaning.

    Yesterday we had a spot of sun so being the responsible person that I am, I went and bought flowers and planted them instead of veggies. Next sunny day I’ll plant the veggies. 🙂 My bad!!

    Those poker flowers are amazing! Gorgeous!

    Amazing how fast the chicks grow up… darn it.

  4. The Handmaden May 23, 2011 at 4:07 am #

    How wonderful to have all those willing hands, it’s amazing what a few people can accomplish. I bet you love looking out the window at your refurbished garden beds.

  5. The Knitty Gritty Homestead May 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    I love seeing those red-hot pokers because I remember them from a year ago…I love cycles and continuity! I’m off to a late start with our garden…it’s been a cold, rainy spring with LOTS of blackflies. Hope to plant a few things today…it’s so funny for me to think of you planting your garden in autumn!

  6. K May 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    You know, I can’t even remember. What day is today? Monday. Oh-oh. I should remember. There were the horses, of course. And the rain. Saturday I went to a bridal shower for my nephew’s lovely betrothed. Then I spent the rest of the day doing genealogical research, which is very frustrating. But digging in mud is worse. A little worse. Then the next day, church and more research, and Cam brought the wee kidlets over Saturday = my days are like snacking. A little of this and a little of that, and this vague full feeling at the end – but you look back and don’t remember how you got feeling that way.

  7. momma rae May 25, 2011 at 2:07 am #

    such a gorgeous place you live. red hot pokers are blooming here, too!

    hoping you are enjoying your days,

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