It’s April and it’s Garden Share Collective month, a beaut initiative where a group of global bloggers share their veg patches. The trials and tribulations of growing your own. Pop on over to Lizzie’s blog from Strayed from the Table and meet the crew!
Mr and Mrs Pray Mantis …
My pathetic hot compost got turned again over the weekend, so I’m ever hopeful that it will eventually break down as it should.
Andrew had an interesting weekend – he put diesel into the petrol ATV and then drove over one of our fruit tree nets in the tractor. Good job! Do you ever have weekends when things just don’t go right? Cough cough …
Anyway – he has done a sterling job at collecting loads of horse manure from neighbouring farms (and no the horses hadn’t been wormed lately). I helped for a bit but he did the bulk of the work. Thank you so much Mr Bonner! I love horse poo .. the garden doesn’t mind it either.
Sorry, I have a thing about fences!
I planted about 30 leeks the other day. Yes, yes I’m late. The bed was cleared of spent stuff and then I added cold compost with aged horse poo and coffee grounds. I opted not to broad fork as the soil seemed quite friable. So digging trenches I poked the leeks into these covering over the V in the stem and mounding them with soil. As they grow I will continue covering the stem. I used to drop them into a hole and water them in – but I’m going to try this method and see how good it is. Truth is, they will be eaten no matter what. I still need to add mulch and rok solid – job nearly complete.
My ‘peasy’ peas have shoved aside the soil and their little green hats are now visible. I will be dousing them with seaweed brew and giving them some good pep talks.
The brassicas, beetroot and bright light seedlings are doing a fine job of growing. They are still a good month away from making it in the big wide world .. but hey that’s something to look forward to isn’t it?
Well it is autumn, so harvest has slowed down considerably … it didn’t help much either when my tomatoes got blight and that my cucumbers turned bitter. Damn!
It’s true, I do have tomato envy reading others success this season, but in saying that, I do have a couple of self seeded toms which are loaded with fruit.
I hauled out a good sized beetroot the other day (think juicing and roasting) and cut some spinach which I set aside to use in Aloo Palak. Then there were those surprise spuds, lettuce, spring onions, herbs and chillies which are coming on slowly.
I even pickled a jar of jalapeños and made a nice fiery chilli sauce with some habanero which I had roasted and popped in the freezer for later. Woohoo.
Needless to say, it is always great grabbing garlic, red onions and Egyptian walking onions from the garage .. which is now sporting a bunch of bananas and yes they are ripening!
As we have had rain lately .. our feijoas are starting to swell.They are perfumed and sweet and can be made into just about anything! Perfect.
- Keep the water up to all the seedlings including the red bunching and red onions which got sown into pots recently (thanks Dan!)
- As the birds were attacking our quinces, these were removed from the tree and are now sitting in a box where they will hopefully ripen. Then who knows? Jam, paste 🙂
- Make more chilli sauce – I have some Rocoto chillies which are unbelievably HOT. Yum
- Keep sowing more beetroot seeds – succession planting, I’m onto it
- Buy and plant another sage
- I sowed carrot seed the other day (I know nuts) keep watering these daily!
- Enjoy the zinnias in the garden .. they are just beautiful
I hope you had a super Easter … happy Gardening!