Well, I finally finished 3 more self wicking beds in the back vegie patch. I now have 6x metal beds (1.8 m x 1 m) and at the very back on the left, you can just see the bed I made out of the left over wood (1.4 m x 1.1 m). I have filled them with zucchini and cucumber (back), broccoli cabbage caulies and beans (middle), and carrots, beetroot and spinach (front).
I also am trying to grow potatoes for the first time ever. It is in one of the dodgy beds made up down the side of the house. We'll see how it goes. I only have 4 in there mixed in with sweet potatoes down the other end. I figure if I get a few, I'll give it a good go and devote an entire bed to them next time. Does anyone know how long until I harvest them and also when I can plant them until?
Some things I am finding are going amazingly well in the beds. An example is capsicums. Every time I have ever tried to plant caps before, they have been scabby little, tiny things, thin fleshed and not nice tasting. I was nearly ready to give up on them but the cost of store bought ones convinced me I had to give it another go. I had 2 plants which I rescued from a normal dirt bed and placed into the wicking bed and boy have I been impressed. Out of the 2 plants, I've had 3 massive capsicums taunting me with their green-ness. This weekend, I picked my first red one. I wasn't holding my breath for taste but OMG!! Talk about sweet ( and it wasn't even fully red as I am too impatient). Since harvesting it, I've noticed new flowers and fruit. Unfortunately, they took forever to ripen so it will be ages before I get any more fruit. I've just planted 4 more plants so hopefully when they are fully productive, I'll be getting a ripe one every 2 weeks or so.
Other things like corn, does not seem to do well. I'm not going to give up yet though. I do think the beds need some time to settle in and for me to get nutrients right etc so will give corn another go in them when it warms up. At the moment, I have corn in the 2 dirt beds I have left and it is doing really well. I would have said tomatoes as well but recently, my toms have recovered and look amazing and producing decent fruit. One thing that is driving me crazy is in my 1st broccoli bed, something keeps 1/2 eating the stems of my broccoli. I have resorted to toilet rolls which has allowed me to grow some but it is really annoying when they've rotted down and I get too lazy thinking "they'll be right" and then go out to find my 10cm high broccoli plant chomped on. I think it is slater bugs as the bed is loaded with them and the pattern looks the same as what I have seen on google.
Hope you enjoyed the update. I'm also due to host a garden visit in july so hoping I will see many of you here and am praying that the garden will be in peak productivity by then.
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