Tag Archives: rain

It’s cold!

28 Apr

It is a lot harder to get inspired about gardening when it is cold and wet and windy outside. I love Wellington’s wind in the summer – it helps prevent mugginess in the heat – but in the winter it just blows that chill right through you. With all the rain and cold we have had lately, I have not wanted to get out and garden.

I have a pile of lawn clippings to mulch the second terrace with, some companion seeds to plant amongst my brassicas, and some pots to put potting mix and herb seeds in. Life gets too busy to garden sometimes, but I realise now that I have to prioritise it occasionally, rather than just doing it when it’s convenient.

So as you can probably guess I haven’t been very active in my pursuit of self sufficiency for the last few days!

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Appreciating weather

21 Apr

Pic by John Loku

In the city, rain is simply an inconvenience that requires you to wear an ugly rainjacket or battle with an umbrella. But when I woke up this morning and it was grey and spitting, I thought “oh good, my seedlings will like that”.

It’s nice to have a reason to appreciate weather that isn’t just sunny. (Although I might not be so chirpy after it has rained for a week solid.)

And there was rain

16 Apr

This is the second day straight we have had rain. So what better time to get my mulch happening? While doing the groceries I collected a bunch of cardboard, and went past the garden centre to get a bag of organic compost. I’m not even really the gardening type (yet. YET.) much less the gardening-in-the-rain type, so I’m proud of myself for going out and getting wet and dirty. It’s much easier to garden on a nice day when the plants are practically glowing. But the rain was soft and it wasn’t cold, so it was actually OK.

This is the before picture of the garden. Note that we have been using the bottom terrace as a compost heap.

Laying down the cardboard. I only got enough for the bottom terrace so will have to do the second one next time. I'm not bothering with the top one as it is too hard to get to.

The baby watches from the dry and warm... but really wishes he was outside with his Mama!

Then a layer of newspaper to cover any gaps.

A bag of compost seems quite big in the shop, but it looks like I'll have to get a couple more next time I'm at the garden centre!

And that’s my first mulched bed. Go to work, rain!