Spuds …

I just so happen to have a very ‘sore’ back. Hmmm .. nothing to do with me in the flower bed the other day standing in a super odd position, hoisting out weeds. That easy …

We took out 2 rows of spuds today that were planted mid September … and only because I wanted to plant the self seeded stuff, which I have now decided are cucumbers and not pumpkins. So three of those super lucky cucurbit plants have gone into the garden ..

But let’s back track … while down on hands and knees today ferreting about amongst the spud greenery, it quickly became apparent that the Pink Fir Irish spuds and the Maori Kowiniwini aren’t ready to be removed yet – too small. Truth is this garden doesn’t get full day sun which is something to with with it being rather close to a stand of our pine trees, which although on the other side of the hedge, are perfect sun screeners amongst other things.

Pink Fir …

For those that don’t know, Kowiniwini potatoes also take their time growing, at least another month or two on common varieties. Why I have to plant them in the same bed with the good old reliable Rocket variety is a head shaker. But I always do strange things. That is actually what gardening is about … making mistakes and learning by them … or in my case NOT!

Rocket spuds …

Back to the haul today, which by the way was about 10kg of gorgeous Rocket spuds with a few Irish Fir. Varying sizes … gourmet and baking.  In fact, we are roasting some for dinner tonight. Delish!

After the spud tubers were removed from the bed, we used that wonderful tool the broad fork to lift the soil. This helps with aeration and breaks up compacted soil which will certainly aid those seedlings going in.

Julie on the other end of the broad fork!

But before the cucs and some flowers namely ‘zinnia and marigolds’ went in, we grabbed some cold compost, coffee grounds, wood ash and charcoal (both from a fire we had outdoors a month back ..) and some wonderful agrissentials ( basalt rock and seaweed fert), threw that about as you do and then it was time to poke those lucky plants into the newly prepped bed.

Lastly lots of mulch to tuck in around those seedlings, a good hose and hey presto, another garden! Why add mulch? Simply, one of the best ways to protect your soil, keep the moisture in and as an added bonus, the worms absolutely adore the stuff!

The good stuff …

Before I go on, for those that are new to gardening, it is super important to ‘rotate’ crops. And that is what we do religiously. By doing this you are less likely to incur problems with pests and disease. Friends of ours, have huge problems with potato pysllid which are a garden pest related to aphids and leafhoppers. These guys relish feeding on the plants greenery which can cause stunted tuber growth. And trust me you don’t want that! So make sure you rotate all your crops .. it is easy to do too and so worth it!

What is happening with the rest of the garden? Well, sadly the garlic is still a long way from coming out of the ground, the bulbs are taking their time. Which meant that the heritage runner beans that I had poked in seed mix, had to be given away to a friend. The bean seedlings were skyward bound and intent on latching onto anything close at hand!

I also pricked out some beetroot and lettuce seedlings from their seed mix and transplanted them into a nice rich medium in prep for their final planting into one of my raised beds.

Happy gardening …

 

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