My new vegie garden is AMAZING! All the rain and the awesomely furtile soil has allowed the seeds and plants to grow like triffods (but without the funny sound and thankfully they don't leave the garden to kill people).
My corn and amaranth is chest high - oh and the amaranth tastes good (a bit like silverbeet but better). The NZ spinach I got from the West End community garden is flourishing and huge! My lettuce, rocket, tatsoi and bok choi are all growing so well. I have 4 button squash plants. They are all looking good, but the 2 that have a little more shade are doing better. No powdery mildew yet...cross my fingers, touch wood and all that.
So far I have hardly any pests. I am hoping that is because everything is so healthy and not because it is a new garden and they haven't found their way there yet.
My only difficulty so far have been beans. I think the cutworms keep eating the new shoots. Funny though one bean that I accidently dropped in the middle of the lettuce row, has headed for the sky and has a few lovely yellow beans on it. I think that is whay you would call a happy accident.
Oh it is so fantastic to finally achieve such success in my garden :)
Check out the upturned black plant pot in the middle of the garden. I cut half of the bottom of the pot off and use it to shade newly planted out seedlings.
Below: Tomatoes, bokchoi (or could be pak choi as I planted both), button squash, butter bean, lettuce, tatsoi, rocket....all piled in together. I will think more about crop rotation when my next garden has been built, but in the meantime I have a happy jungle :)
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