Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Today marks the beginning of our NZ Spring

and it definitely feels Spring like now. We have buds on our almond trees:

And on the plums:

the days are getting longer and the sun is warming up.

Work on the driveway has come to a halt as we've had a bit of rain lately so the ground is soft - not ideal conditions to have earthworks done. Hopefully it will dry up a bit soon so the digger guy can start up again. There's a fair bit of work to get done before it's finished.

Gardening wise I've planted out some cauliflower seedlings and sown my tomato, chilli, capsicum, and ocra seeds.

Weeding like crazy whenever I can, applying mulch to the beds as I go. I'm building up several compost piles and working with the compost that is ready.

Keeping the dog out of the garden is a priority because there are several entrances and no gates yet! Propped up sheets of corrugated iron are working as a barrier in the meantime.

How's your garden shaping up this Spring time?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Big bug came for a visit

I've been living in NZ for 25 years now and in that time I've seen various bugs of all sizes, including the renowned Weta.

But in all that time, I've never seen one of these 'little' critters:

I say 'little' but......it wasn't little at all. Eek, this NZ native millipede (oops I mean centipede - thanks upcoming treechanger) measured up at nearly 10cm long. And with all those legs..it sure moved quickly. Hubby found it buried in a big pile of composting kumara. So long as it stays outside that's fine... Have to say it made my skin crawl somewhat!