Another top day weather wise here and with both girls almost fully recovered from horrid viruses we were back to our usual activities. Out this morning to Mainly Music (highly recommended if you’re looking for easy, inexpensive organised activities for little ones) and then an afternoon playing tea parties and planting, planting, planting. There was little rhyme or reason to what got planted where, I’m not sure where all of it will go or if I’ve left it to late to plant some of the seeds, but encouraged by the response to yesterday’s post I decided to just go with it.
I’m using a variety of seed raising containers including some strawberry/cherry tomato punnets, egg cartons and standard seed raising tray. Labeling has been a bit ad hoc, so it will be interesting to see how I organise these into the garden beds when the time is right. In fact the whole planting process was a bit disorganised with both Miss Two and Miss Four helping…. things got a bit tense a couple of times!
I had some flower seeds planted earlier in the green tray, but my greenhouse blew over twice in the wind before Mr Good secured it with rope in it’s current position against the garage. Who knows what is where in that tray now. I also have rosemary and sage cuttings taken from my old garden in the pots at the back (you can just see them behind the big pot in front.
The seeds I planted included:
Pumpkin (I’ve not had much luck in the past and they take up so much room I’m not really sure where I’m going to put these)
Beans (three kinds)
Tomato (three kinds)
Leeks (after yours looked so good Ren)
And a mixture of flowers in the last seed tray (marigolds, cosmos and a few others I’ve already forgotten)
I also did a bit of spring cleaning of my pots, pulling out weeds and replanting more spring onions and parsley. It was in doing this that I had my first harvest in nearly three months
How do you think this will do divided by four? It’s a potato about the size of a very small egg found in a pot I grew spuds in last year.
And in all my excitement of seed planting I decided it was time to do something out the front. We have yet to erect the additional garden beds out there so I still only have the long narrow one in front of the fence which is home to seven rose bushes. This is also where I’ve been burying my kitchen scraps each week. I had a dig in the furthest two sections where the compost was buried about two and a bit months ago to check on how the decomposition process was going and besides from a couple of little potato peels and an egg shell everything was gone. So time to plant out each roughly 1m section.
The first section got flowers (probably way too many as is my habit), a collection of zinnias, phlox, alyssum, nasturtium, marigolds and portulaca. I will thin and transplant if there is a crazy amount of growth going on, but I’m hoping for a real hit of colour. The next section got two types of beetroot. I only planted one row at the back and will plant some more at the front in a couple of weeks to spread the harvests out a bit.
When I had a poke around in the next section there were still some clumps of fairly in tact kitchen scraps. I spread these out a bit more and covered them in dirt again and will give it another couple of weeks before I plant in this section. I’m thinking some rainbow chard.
The process of simply collecting my kitchen scraps and burying them in the garden every couple of days or every week, depending on how much we have and how much goes to the worms, has really worked well while we don’t have a better compost system. The soil is looking really great where the scraps have already broken down.
Once everything was planted I gave all the seeds a big drink with some diluted worm wee and voila, a happy garden and a happy gardener! Oh and my lemon/lime, which is covered in flowers, is looking a bit under the weather with curled and yellowing leaves. I fed it some citrus feed a few weeks ago, just after we moved in the hope that it would right itself but it hasn’t. I’ve tried some iron chilates this morning for the yellowing, but not sure about the curl. There doesn’t appear to be any pests/insects on it. I’m thinking it been too wet, we have had a lot of rain. Any ideas?
And that brings me to the end of another very pleasing garden post and the first Harvest Monday for quite sometime (a little cheeky I know given it was one little accidentally found potato, but hey I’m going with it). There is something about getting my hands in the dirt that feeds my soul, I have so missed it.