Monday, October 3, 2011

Homegrown - Spring 2011 garden plan

I'm finding my companion planting guide so helpful. It was a breeze on Saturday to draw up the following garden plan, using the guide to make sure I grouped plants together in the best possible way.

I don't know if the above plan makes sense to anyone but me. Here are a couple of things that might make it easier to understand - the plants I've bolded are already in the garden, everything else is in the process of going in. Also, the plan is not to scale. Not even remotely.

A couple of weeks back I put in a big Kings Seeds order where I went for unusual twists on my standard vegetable choices - things like purple cauliflower and rainbow coloured silverbeet. Harvest-time is going to be delightful this year!

Then on Saturday I went to the garden centre by myself, since Paul was looking after a sick Lily and a (supposed-to-be) sleeping Sophie. I managed to lift 4 x 50L bags of Tui vegetable mix and 2 x 40L bags of plain compost into the car myself.

I am woman, hear me roar!

I haven't bought vegetable mix before, but it was on special and looked good with its mixture of compost, dolomite lime, sheep pellets and blood 'n' bone.

While I was there I also bought two passionfruit vines, one raspberry cane, one large trailing rosemary, one feijoa tree and a bag of seed potatoes. Sometimes I think I'm crazy investing all this time and money into a rental property, but hopefully we'll be here for a while and, even if we're not, at least future tenants (plus the birds and the bees) will be better off for my efforts.

Now, some of you keen-eyed folk with good memories may have spotted the new gardens in the bottom left hand corner of the plan. Here's another look:

This space is a work in progress, but I'll be able to tell you more about it soon.

How are your gardens looking?


  1. Wow you're going to have so much! I haven't actually planned where any of my stuff is going yet (I know that sounds horrible).

    I used the tui veg mix in pots for my tomatoes last year and they went absolutely crazy. I'll probably use it again for tomatoes, or maybe their actual tomato mix.

    My gardens are bare! But my seeds are sprouting ^_^

  2. Hi Gwen, sounds like you're doing things the right way around. I've got nothing in seed raising trays yet. I did plant a whole lot of carrots and other seeds in my garden yesterday, but I think the rain has washed them all away. Oh dear.

    I can't wait to see your little seedlings get planted out. It's so exciting for us gardening nerds.


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