Other then the potato bed, another veggie bed was ready to plant and has been filled with soil + horse manure + coffee ground since my last blog. This is the legume bed, although It’s only 80% filled, but can’t wait to start planting into it. So I’ve sown snowpeas, garden peas, sugarsnaps & pigeon peas in it, except for pigeon peas and garden peas (I think) all have germinated, and the tallest seedling is about 20 cm high!
The chooks were moved from the South Eastern corner to the South Western corner where there’s more shade, just in time before the couple of very hot days just past.
One out of four water chestnuts planted on people’s day germinated, and two types of tomatoes sown on the same day have also germinated (Digger’s Grosse Lisse, Growers pride sweet 100 F1)
These were sown into egg cartons on a cat litter tray, it’s my first time using egg cartons. Sown some other seeds into toilet rolls in a tin box last night, I think these ones would take longer to germinate except for the watermelon ~
I normally would direct sow watermelon with pumpkins, & Zucs etc (thanks for the seeds Anthony), but my Cucurbitaceae/root crop bed's not ready and Bob said if we want watermelon by Christmas, we have to plant in August. Fingers crossed that I'll be the watermelon supplier to Christmas parties :)
I’ve tried raising seedlings in Styrofoam cups, newspapers rolled into cups, and toilet paper rolls before. I found the newspaper cups too flimsy and more work as you need to cut the paper, roll them and press the end bit to make the cup. The toilet paper rolls are more sturdy, and there's always an abundant supply! I also half bury them where I want to put in direct sown seeds so I know where the seeds are and where to water ~~
The patios’ are scheduled to finish by Friday, and mushroom composts are also scheduled for delivery on the same day ~~~ Still a lot of work to do before spring, but it feels like summer is already here!!!