Friday, March 27, 2009

look what I got

Some of you know Mr Duck Herder is very fast. He spends lots of time running and cycling and swimming and even more time roaming around aimlessly in the mountains.

WELL, Mr Duck Herder ran so fast at the Arboretum Open Day Fun Run he won me this:

A wollomi pine. My very own. I am glad he is so fast.

Hooray. I have always coveted one of these, but always thought them outrageously priced and way too trendy.

In other news, I harvested my first pumpkin today. It isnt a great crop this year.

Tomorrow I REALLY need to dig up the rest of the potatoes, and prepare some garden space for some more autumn plantings.

I bought some ginger today, and realised I haven't bought veggies or fruit for months and months. We are starting to run low on onions - perhaps enough for another couple of months or so. Next spring I will need to remember to plant at least twice as many. We are still harvesting lettuce, beans, eggplant, tomatoes, herbs, silver beet, zucs and cucumbers.

I still have plenty of garlic - should be enough to last until November. (hopefully) We also have heaps of potatoes. I don't really have a good place to store them here. One day I will have a root cellar. That would be very cool. (no pun intended)

I still suck at getting carrots or parsnips to grow. I just don't understand. I have tried EVERY trick in the book.

The new silver beet and beetroot plantings are looking great. Will try and get a photo tomorrow. I have proper English spinach coming up, as well as some Italian broccoli and some late peas, snap peas and sweetpeas. These are all in the glass house doing the toilet roll thing.

And here is my pride and joy - my 4 year old kiwi vines. Hayward are the latest flowering and latest ripening variety. I think it will be at least 4 or 5 weeks until these babies are going to be ready. They just look fantastic.


Cheryl said...

What a cool prize for a fun! That's a pretty pine. and MMmmm... kiwi, wonder if one would grow in Texas.

Cheryl said...

oops I meant cool prize for a run :)

Lucky-1 said...

Way to go Mr. Duckie:D

The Duck Herder said...

I know! I am going to enter him in EVERYTHING now!

Re the kiwi- do you have cold witners and HEAPS of water? My idea of texas is hot hot hot! which would be OK as long as they were out of the wind and had lots of water. They like a long chill in winter though, and they LOVE lots of water - we give them everything that comes out of the washing machine Cheryl

ANd hello there Lucky 1!

Mr D.H. said...

How could I not run hard and win, with such a stunning Duck Herder at the finish line to greet the victor.

Melinda said...

When you sow your carrots and parsnips, have you tried putting old fence palings over the rows? Check them every few days and when they start sprouting then remove them.

I couldn't grow them either until I tried this!