Welcome to Plot 11

Now I know you’re wondering why those last 2 digits have changed. Sadly, due to our extended time in Auckland, we had to say doodle pip to our last plot [44]. One day, I was wandering by the gardens, as you do on a lovely Autumn morning, and thought I would just check to see if there were any available plots. Low and behold, one was unused and in a perfect position for all-day sun. The best news is that the previous happy gardener had cared for his plants and the soil. I looked forward to heading home to let the Squire know we again had the opportunity to be community gardeners. Of course, he was happy to be part of the gardening duo, him and me. Ten minutes after my arrival home, we had sorted his first job: putting screws around the garden bed so we could put up netting to protect the new vegetable plants.

Since our departure, other enthusiastic gardeners have cottoned on to the benefits of enclosing their gardens by erecting netting over various frames. It does deter those annoying birds and white butterflies, though still allowing bees to enjoy the pollen on assorted flowering vegetables or flowers. The squire was rather pleased when he saw our old one still standing and with others being built. We both commented on how well the gardens looked, especially the surrounding community areas. There will always be gardeners who don’t tend to their plot as regularly as others. That’s life, isn’t it? We’re all very different on how we get things done, thank goodness.

Here are a few snapshots of our first few hours at Plot 11.

The Beginning
My garden helper, or am I his? No matter, we make a jolly good gardening team.
Late autumn and off to munch some more.
The trees are looking rather autumny. The child in me still has the urge to kick those leaves into the sky. Now, I do it in a slower motion so as not to give myself a back injury. Age-related problem.
This is the master plan – watch this space.

Before you ask, our previous plot is doing rather nicely with it’s new owner. Thanks for asking.

18 thoughts on “Welcome to Plot 11”

  1. Hola Suzanne, Thank you for reading and following me. Have just been admiring your fabulous photography. Wow! Also enjoying your gardening info. My late, dear Dad was a fervent gardener. Our mini acre was crammed with peas, runner beans, carrots, tomatoes, mint, and parsley way back when, until his passion turned to roses, which turned our modest plot into a perfumed paradise. Then WW11 intervened and the weeds grew…Luckily, we all survived as did Dad’s garden! Keep up the good work and here’s to your husband’s best health. Cheers.

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  2. Looks like a lovely spot. How wonderful that you enjoy tending garden together. The Squire is looking quite fit and enjoying the sun. Have a great time planning and planting next season.๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. I’m glad you got a new plot! I look forward to seeing the wonderful things that come out of it. We haven’t done much gardening this summer, except for our year-round plants – blueberries, oranges and lemons. We did get a few volunteer tomato vines that keep us – and our neighbors – supplied.

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    1. Thanks Janis, and hopefully like you we will have a plentiful supply of tomatoes. I love blueberries and always have some in the freezer. Citrus trees can be seen in most older established areas in the Bay of Plenty as we have a temperate climate that they flourish in.


    1. Well, that plot is closer to the garden shed which makes the plot appealing. Les isn’t so well since that photo was taken, one step forward two back at the moment though hopefully still moving forward.

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  4. How lovely that you managed to get another plot so quickly. The plans look good.

    I’m afraid my vegetable plot isn’t looking too good at the moment. I’ve done something to my leg that means bending or kneeling is painful, so the weeds are making advances. I’ve got a good crop of strawberries, though, and the courgettes are more or less impervious to weeds.

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    1. Hi Jo, I think the garden bed is approx. 2m wide and length 5m. So, plenty of room to plant vegetables and herbs. At the moment, I’ve planted kohlrabi, spinach, kale, broadbeans, beetroot and something else I can’t recall ๐Ÿ˜Š Need more sun and less rain for a while. We’ve made up for the hot and dry summer we enjoyed.


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