Busy times at Frog Pond Farm. Jeff (a good bloke) mulched all our olive cuttings, pine branches and a host of carbon bits that had been cluttering up the place. Now I have 3 rather good sized piles of mulch which I shall use on the veg garden and surrounds. Not the pine mind you … no way, this is too acidic to go anywhere near my veg plot, with the exception of the strawberries of course, who have grown into rather large clumps and are covered in berries.
Great Lakes lettuce .. growing nicely
All our beds for now have been planted – salad plants and the chillies have finally made the dirt, which was prepped prior with loads of organic material, coffee grounds, rok solid and then a thick layer of mulch. The chillies are enjoying their new home with eggplants, geranium, zinnias, marigold, basil, marjoram and I shall be poking in some parsley too. This bed is over planted of course – but chillies like it humid. And trust me they will get that!
As for my spuds – hmm, my planting in mounds was a mini disaster thanks to my escapee chooks so I dug them up and planted them with comfrey in trenches. They are growing gang busters now which will be something to do with the weekly doses of manure tea. I have also mulched the plants with straw, cold compost loaded with worms and I’m considering using my olive mulch here too. And why not, I’ve got plenty of it!
Proof – Sally is on the ‘wrong’ side of the fence.
Exiting spud garden
Egyptian Walking Onions …
Red onion doing its thing
Our garlic is showing some rust – something to do with the amount of rain we have been having. But all being well, it will be hauled out in the next month. I got ruthless the other day and ripped out much of the self seeded stuff which was cramping our alliums growing style …
It appears that we have some 4 legged fiends in the garden who have done a nice job of digging up the heirloom runner bean seed that my brother John planted for me. I found the chewed seed strewn on the ground … So only one bean has lifted its greenery to the sky. Might be why I have an ice-cream container sitting on the floor in the kitchen full of dirt and more seed!
Feijoa flowers … this tree is covered
Nothing like a dust bath with the kids
I’m feeling very happy too, as I sprayed the rest of our orchard with fish fert and whizzed past my garden in our ATV merrily spraying that too. I did note that I have a peach tree that I haven’t pruned particularly well. It looks much like the root stock has sent out a branch which is healthy and covered in leaves. The other half of the tree is covered in lichen and looking sad and nearly nude. While I don’t believe that the lichen is the culprit here, it does seem to gravitate to trees which aren’t in great condition.
Auckland and its humidity just isn’t the best environment to grow peaches. Oh dear! I shall throw about some lime (it’s raining in Akl today) and give it a good feed. Meantime, my fingers will be crossed behind my back.