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pot, and then if both seeds germinate I’ll cull the weakest one. I haven’t
bought any new pumpkin seeds this year, so have a random selection of
types. These include my favourite ‘musquee de provence’, ‘jarrahdale’
(an Australian variety which stores well) and butternuts which are more
manageable in the kitchen.
If I was growing just one type then I would probably choose a butternut.
I’ve also grown some gourd pumpkins, which I’ve done
before but never managed to actually get round to drying
the resultant pumpkins. I do quite fancy some bowls and
plates made from something I’ve grown though, so perhaps
this will be the year I’ll succeed.
It’s the perfect time of year for planting, and I’ve spent a
fair amount of time recently, with a fair amount of help,
planting in my food forest orchard. I’ve now filled up all
the remaining tree spaces, with planting distances prob-
ably way too close, but it’s too tempting with all appealing
options available. Amongst others, I’ve planted a cinnamon
tree, a couple of tamarillos, two ‘rainbow valley’ pawpaws,
and two casimiroas.
I saw a mature cinnamon tree recently at the nursery
where I purchased mine from, and the leaves smell fantas-
tic when crumpled up. I’m looking forward to my cinna-
mon growing bigger just so I can do this on a regular basis.
I was forced into an early harvest of potatoes after pukeko chewed
out all the stalks. I wasn’t hopeful, so was pleasantly surprised
when I unearthed a reasonable amount of potatoes. Most were
on the ‘baby’ size so they could have done with a bit more time
growing, but they tasted very good. It’s the first time I’ve grown
potatoes in containers. I enjoyed the actual harvesting, as it was
so easy. Previously I’ve always managed to stab a fair amount
with the fork when I’ve been digging them up but with my half
wine barrels, I put a tarp on the ground then tipped the barrel on
the side. This made emptying out and finding all the potatoes a
simple, satisfying job.
Christy is the co-owner of
Owhanake Bay Estate, which
provides luxury accommoda-
tion on a boutique vineyard.
She loves to spend time in
gardens, about which she
writes a blog: www.islandgar-
Slowly and steadily, in a coordinated, ordered
fashion, the swarm moved into their new home. This
procession took over an hour, and was an awesome
sight to see.
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