The day was cold and grey and windy, but the atmosphere inside the Stadium, as all the vendors arrived to get set up, was invigorating! We had a fantastic location in sight of the entrance, which meant we could spot familiar faces as they came in to say 'Hi'! A huge thanks to those that came to support us. It was just awesome to see you there!
In spite of my nerves and trepidations, most of the plants did me proud and looked fabulous on the table. I was pleased to see so much interest in some of my more favoured plants, as I will admit to appreciating some of the plants more than others, but they all received a bit of attention from the customers at some point throughout the day.
We were disappointed that due to some slight technical difficulties our herb crates were not presentable in time, but we do hope to get them to market as soon as possible. I would like to have a better range of herbs to accompany them, as the weather has put great stress on our current crop. Keep checking in with us! Also - if there is a particular herb you enjoy using, please leave a comment after this blog as I am very interested in which herbs are most useful!
As I sit here typing this the sun has come up and the sky appears to be mostly blue for the first time in days, so I am off outside to sow some more seed and take some more cuttings so we can continue to bring you more varieties of interesting plants each week. So until then...
Happy gardening and may you too, live your Goodlife!
Well, here we are with only one week left to go until we are open for business at the Dunedin Stadium Market.
I have been frantically checking over all my plants, weeding out the less than sturdy ones, and helping the strong remain that way. Our less than summery summer weather has had me despairing from time to time as I now have seedlings that are stretching to try and find the sun - I think I may need to compost more than a few of them before the final product can come to the market. However, we still have plenty to offer you in the meantime, and with any luck, once the kids go back to school, we may see a last burst of summer sun with which we can enjoy some good gardening activities.
I was hoping the rain would hold off long enough today to be able to have a dummy run in setting up my tables and designing my display, but alas it is not to be! So instead, I have turned to the internet - maybe some research on plants that enjoy low light and wet feet may be in order?!
If you have time to spend on the internet this rainy Sunday afternoon - might I suggest you jump onto Facebook and 'like' our Goodlife Gardens page, and while you are at it, the folks at the Stadium Market have a page to 'like' as well, and they will keep you informed of all the other lovely things to be found at the market!
Happy gardening and may you too, live your Goodlife!
Welcome, and can I start by also saying Happy New Year! I hope that wherever you are, your holiday season was happy and healthy.
January, for me, has always been a time of reflection and renewal. That has been so much more apparent this year with the setting up of my nursery and launching the website. I have had to look very closely at how I manage my time, and also how I manage my growing spaces, it has all been great fun and an awesome learning curve! A big thanks goes out to all those people who have helped me along the way, even the smallest piece of advice can sometimes make the biggest impression and I value all your support immensely.
As I type this we are 16 days away from my first appearance at the Dunedin Stadium Market. I am spending a lot of time checking over my plants, urging them to grow faster, to flower prettier, and generally get big and strong in time for them to go off to their new homes! It will take some time to build up a steady flow of plants but I am happy with how we have begun.
Plants we will soon have available for sale:
We have to begin with; a few natives, some annual bedding plants, flowering perennials, a smattering of herbs, and the promise of many more lovely things to come!
My current favourite is the Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun'. An herbaceous perennial that has been a bright spot in these overcast days, it generally enjoys much warmer drier conditions, but so far has been coping admirably with our less than stellar summer!
Another striking specimen is the tall and stately Lobelia 'Queen Victoria'. With dark burgundy foliage and bright scarlet flowers it definitely makes an impression!
For those of you that enjoy a softer look to your garden, we have Gypsopilla muralis Deep Gypsy Rose, some Aquilegia, or Felicia amelloides (a lovely bright blue daisy-like, flowering perennial that grows almost like a small shrub.
Herbs that are ready to go now include Rosemary, triple curled parsley, flat-leaf parsley, and in the next few weeks we shall hopefully have Basil (both red and green), Coriander, and Dill.
I have started some cooler season vegetables that will be coming along in due course - various brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages), some leafy greens (Spinach, Silverbeet), plus more varieties of herbs and flowering lovelies!
So do keep checking in to see us as we will be trialling all sorts of new things as we get our feet firmly planted in the market business.
Until next time - if you have any questions, concerns or special requests do drop me a line - our details are on the contact page, and we are also on Facebook!
Happy gardening and may you too live your Goodlife!
I'm Kimberley, and I live in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. I am very passionate about growing strong healthy plants that enrich us and our environment. Welcome to my place - feel free to look around!