I’m not selling vegetables this year but will be running a ‘weekly’* draw during the summer for a box of seasonal produce. Everyone who gets this email will automatically enter the draw so if you’ve got friends who’d enjoy some fresh produce, forward this to them so they can sign up for updates. If you win the draw and you’re not in Wellington or don’t want the vegetables I’ll send you a small consolation gift.
Time to start watering your garden regularly if you have not had to already. Scratch under the surface of the soil to see if it is dry. Water thoroughly once a week rather than a quick sprinkle every day. Use some seaweed tea to give your plants a boost too. Some things will need watering more often – particularly seeds, seedlings and greenhouses but if you’ve used mulch and planted things close together you may be surprised how rarely they need it. The more organic matter you incorporate into your soil via mulch, compost and green manure the less you’ll need to water too. Early morning and late evening are good times to commune with your plants and unwind with a tour round, picking and weeding as you go. There are a few places left on the fresh food garden course on Saturday 6 March 2010 if you want to find out more.
Mabel and her chicks are progressing well.
‘Quirkology: The Curious Science of Everyday Lives‘ proved a fascinating read and a sad indictment of human nature illuminating the influence of a child’s name on his success, how to write a successful personal ad and what’s the best way to tell if someone is lying.
* ‘weekly’ refers to a pretty flexible schedule in this instance. Sometimes more often, sometimes less.