Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Garden visit. AND time for another giveaway.


It's really something having your teenage son enjoy gardening, I think it's pretty awesome that we both have the same hobby. (even though we are very competitive... I must share our latest competition re our Tomato growing - but that's another blog post - I'm sure my garlic is better than his so far - but I am worried about my chances of growing better tomatoes )

.The two of us went off to an open day garden tour of Kath Irvine's garden at Edible Backyard
She is opening her garden every Tuesday from 9.30 am - 2.30pm for a koha. .
 TOTALLY well worth a visit and Kath is even putting on herbal teas and some cake. 

 SWOON Kath's red poppies are gorgeous.


I zoomed in on Kath's garlic - and was pretty chuffed knowing my garlic is looking just as good as Kath's... But then I did take her advise in her book of when to plant garlic.


Commonsense Organics sells The Organic Garden Calendar which I highly recommend.



I've just planted white borage so was neat to see it growing  with the blue borage. Kath said her white borage just appeared but she personally prefers the blue.


I took lots of photos of the hot house - as it's now high up on the Dear Brent please make me one...


 I really enjoyed picking Kath's brains on how she uses her hot house and found it awesome that she treats it as another garden and doesn't dig out all the soil each year - she just keeps on adding compost, crop rotation and digging in green crops. Soya beans is one green crop she had growing in there - which was fun to see as I've never ever seen soya beans growing let a lone grown any,

 The string is for tomatoes to grow up - Kath says they grow right up to the top. me thinks a hot house has gone right up to the very top of my want   need list...

I've stolen this photo off Edible garden facebook page - I clean forgot to take a photo of the snapdragons. They are stunning a deep red - called Antique snapdragon.

I have one packet of the red Antique Snapdragon's that Kath gave me from her garden to giveaway.

If you would like to go in the draw leave a comment below or on Cottage Tails Facebook Page.. (Sorry only for folk living in NZ)

22 comments:

  1. Wow her garden looks amazing!!! I so hope I can get up there! Mx

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    1. Madeline I'd gather a group of girlfriends together and head on up one Tuesday, well worth a visit. It's so lovely of Kath and family to open up their garden to have a walk about.
      Love leanne

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  2. Your garden is looking so lovely, I'm really enjoying your blog!

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    1. Hi Gemma Thanks for the feedback re blog it's lovely to meet the folks that pop in for a visit. Today's garden is not mine - it is Kath's from Edible Backyard http://www.ediblebackyard.co.nz/

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  3. I am really wanting a hot house too! I've just ordered some poppy seeds from Trade Me, which reminds me I am wanting to get some from you too. The purple/black ones?

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    1. I'm really NEEDING a hothouse - SMILE. I gave James my purple Poppy seeds to sell at the markets I'll ask him if he has any left and he can send you an email.
      Love leanne

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    2. Needing it makes ALL the difference aye! I will look our for James's email. :o)

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  4. That was a wonderful tour. Thank you for taking us along! It sounds like it was very informative too. I had never heard of white borage. And the greenhouse is funky. I love it. Isn't it neat to have a hobby in common with your son. He sounds like a great guy.

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    1. James is an awesome guy - he even drove me up! I'm rather taken with the white borage but it won;t look as jazzy in ice cubes in summer drinks - .
      Love Leanne

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  5. get brent to build a hot house soon! it snowed last night and my snapdragons are peeking through it.

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    1. SNOW! Oh you must be over joyed. Brent said he will make me a hothouse - aren't I the luckiest gal in the world. I'm on a mission to start saving for the materials. No hurry as we are coming into summer.
      Keep warm
      Love Leanne

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  6. never mind the garden, I was swooning at the rose red Airstream caravan! :-D

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    1. I KNOW! I was a bit too shy to have a peek...but snuck it in one of the photos knowing there was plenty of gals on the blog that would of gone ooh la la too. LOL

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  7. Definitely a place to visit next time we come south on a Tuesday. Yes please, put me in the draw for seeds, my snaps are pink, lemon and white this year. I have deep red extra ruffled red poppies galore, saving seeds for anyone who would like some. Greetings to all, Jean,.p.s. a huge walk in hothouse, a dream for any gardener.!!

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    1. Hi Jean, A well worth trip down to Kath's place so much to see I only shared a few photos. Her fruit trees and herbal lay I'm sure you will enjoy too. I planted some of your red poppies but haven't flowered yet - my fingers are crossed that they do. Oh the walk in hot house is something I know I'd spend a lot of my time in.one.
      Love Leanne

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  8. Katherine place looks grand. Oh and a little competion is good for everyone. Keep us all on our toes!

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    1. Kath's place is really lovely. As for competition James and I are currently seeing who can grow the best garlic. BUT I caught him last night sabotaging my garlic by not watering it...I'm on to him!
      Love Leanne

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  9. What a wonderful garden - unfortunately, a bit far for a leisurely drive but when I get down that way it is a must view. Yes, I would love to go in the draw for the seeds. Have never seen snapdragons that wonderful colour.

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    1. Congratulations Heather I've just pulled out your name for the snapdragon seeds. I'm looking forward to seeing photos of them growing in your garden. Love Leanne

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  10. Oops this what happens when you don't read posts every day!! Missed out - congratulations to Susan Heather!! You sound very inspired by your visit...have you picked out the spot for your green house yet?!!

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  11. A beautiful spot, I really want to visit this place 'one day'.... I follow Kath's Edible Backyard site, so much helpful info... good luck with the greenhouse, it's on my wishlist too!

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  12. Nice garden visit, and interesting to see white borage, which I didn't know about. I can see why you are keen to have a hot house.

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