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SO WHO’S A HAPPY LITTLE GARDENER?


 

The answer is me!

Look what I grew in pots on my patio :

 

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Nothing beats the taste of young, freshly picked green beans. By planting at four weekly intervals another crop of beans arrives in time to replace the fading first plantings. I’ve had fun waiting and watching for the sprouting beans to push through the soil, then watering them – just a little, this is pot gardening we’re talking about here – until they’re established. I use my kitchen grey water for my pots where possible, and it fascinates me that the beans are not flavoured with Sunlight Dishwashing liquid!

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The New Zealand Spinach is rampaging happily, as it does. I can barely keep up with it! Nobody more surprised than me when it erupted in both my pots, having self seeded eighteen months ago.
I’m currently on a gardening binge, and buying a few new shrubs to fill in the evidence of the drought. My lavender and my ground cover died off, drought victims, and my ten year old Rosemary bush jungle is in a sad state, sorry to say.

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My two new hibiscus plants, both with promising fat buds. I’m looking forward to their generous pale pink flowers.
However, I’ve had success with striking cuttings from my Hoya creeper and my pretty pink geranium, so I need to start replacement rosemary cuttings. On a hot afternoon the remaining rosemary sends clouds of perfume into my bedroom. Delicious!
The soil in my garden is basically beach sand, but fortunately only  a very small area, which is manageable for a spasmodic gardener like yours truly.  Gardening in pots is waterwise,  versatile and rewarding.  If, like me, you garden in adverse conditions, pot gardening is worth a try.

 

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