- some wonderful smelling coffee soap...which I can't wait to try once it dry's out a little more.....
- some lovely handmade paper which reminds me I should make time to make some more...My frames are gathering dust somewhere in the study....
- ingenious envelopes made from recycling magazine pages
- some bright 'save the planet' stickers, which I will want to restock once I use them all.
- a packet of Rosella seeds
Spring is definitely here....At least my plans are anyway.....I have recently planted seeds of many different varieties of tomatoes which hopefully will be my best crop yet. I have also been re-potting tomatoes into larger pots, giving them more space to spread their roots, before being transplanted into the garden. A few days before being planted directly into the garden I will move the punnet trays into the planned space to toughen them up a little. The least amount of shock, the better.
I am really pleased with how the Tomato Plants have come along, and even though I have planted out 7 of them; I still have 9 to go. And that isn't including the small varieties I have planted from seed. (above)
When you buy a plant from a store, do you look for the pot that has the most plants in it? Or do you just take which ever one looks the best....I don't! I take the one that has the most plants in it...after all, why would you buy that pot, which has 6 plants in it like the label says.....When you can have this Pot with the same label...and it's got 16 plants in it? Common sense really.....Even if you don't have the space for all of them, you can give some away to a friend or a neighbour.
I have also been scattering marigold and other flower seeds amongst the garden, hopefully some will take and attract more bees to the garden. This years garden will be far more successful as I have learn't so much since, and my garden has also grown so much.
I have the garden course coming up again this Saturday...The first month was amazing, learning so much and putting it all in place once I got home was even better. I had the pleasure of having Richard (now called My Gardener to the family) visit my garden yesterday. We walked around my garden, as I showed him different things I am doing. He was impressed that I was growing my own mushrooms under the unit, and admired all the lovely new growth I had coming on my fruit trees; most being too young to bear fruit yet, but the citrus and the mulberry are going so well....
|The two black tubs will be for my little tomatoes this year|
I will be adding more mesh for them to climb as well.
|Richard advised me to bring the fruit trees into full sun|
until they are planted in the front yard.
and an empty bed
|can you spot the spider?|
|Bay Laurel coming along nicely|
|The Choko is climbing again|
I'm not sure I want it there this year,
as I want the fence for beans.
I may have to move it, but to where?
|Lemon or Lime blossoms|
|Rhubarb is doing well.|
Rhubarb champagne will be lovely
|Red Currants will need to be netted soon|
Here are some other things happening in my garden, I've been rather busy filling the new garden beds from the black tubs I got at Bunnings.
|Water Cress is flowering and|
some Water Chestnuts are coming up amongst the Azola and PennyRoyal
|Front: Spinach & Ruby Chard bed|
Back: Beans to come
|These ones are not doing so well.|
|Perennial Basil from the Community Garden|
look at the roots, ready to plant
|Kaffir Lime Cutting|
Richard, It will be planted today.
|Corn Salad is growing better now I have stopped harvesting it.|
|and so has the watercress|
Taking into account the space.....or lack of space rather....I always look for the most productive option....
With beetroot, I choose a variety that is long like a carrot, this way I get more slices of beetroot per plant. They are much like a carrot shape.
With the Berry Bed, I am able to take advantage of the unused space in front to plant radishes, also a long variety like a carrot....more slices per plant...Brilliant!
|I have planted long radish which will be well finished before harvesting the berries above|
|Purple Radish - 1 of 3|
|Purple Radish - 2 of 3|
|Purple Radish -3 of 3|
|*Tatsoi lettuce leaf|
|I think I have taken 8 wheelbarrow loads from this over the last two days.|
This is what I have left for the front garden bed, once it is built.