Hi again everyone. Well the weather is wonderful at the moment and I'm really enjoying it. The garden is going amazing - I am so in love with these wicking beds. From my front beds -> the "trials", I have harvested a total of 10 melons. There were about 5 this size, and 5 about the size of a softball. All were delicious. I can see why the charentais never make it to market though. Between one day and the next, cracks have appeared. Put them in the fridge straight away and 1 week later still good so not too much of a drama. I've also been harvesting my goldfinger banana's (finally worked out what they were based on taste) one hand at a time. What you can see below is 1/2 a hand. So far, they have been sitting on the bench for 10 days and only just starting to colour. Oh well, I'll harvest another hand tomorrow and hopefully they'll ripen just as these ones run out. Have about 5 more hands left on the tree so I'm good for banana's for another couple of weeks.
Unfortunately, the cuc's never did any good after the first few so I threw away the seeds (trouble with those from the start) and started again in the back. It looked like a nutrient deficiency to start with. I did use cheap potting mix and no soil -> the only bed built like this. I put in some fertilizer but they never really recovered. As both beds were emptied of crops today, I decided to do a little mix with soils, bought some compost (first time EVER -> my two piles are not composted enough yet and I've been using them quickly) to mix in and in the problem bed, chucked in some worms from the worm farm, as well as worm juice. I found worms in the other bed right down deep so I figured having them in there must be beneficial. Initially I was worried how worms would survive in those beds as they aren't large and would heat up a lot but as they survived and looked healthy in the other bed, I'm confident enough that they can go in there.
So.... with two empty, refreshed beds oh what oh what do I plant???? Well my poor little strawberries were horribly overcrowded in their small, self-watering pots, so I decided that I would use one of the beds for them. Planted runners into it and we'll see how they go. From the initial 6 plants in two of my pots (Have 5 pots in total, each with 3 plants) I planted 21 plants. Just like my granddad told me, I chopped off all the leaves and put them into the soil, gave them a good drink with seasol and will continue to water for the next few weeks. Obviously, I have heaps more plants so I'm going to use the left over wood to continue to build smaller self wicking beds down the side of the house when I'm not in the middle of all this marking(life as a teacher sucks sometimes!!). Into the other front bed, I'm going to put in some corn as we all love fresh corn in this house and the corn in the back is going great.
Speaking of the beds down the back, look at the difference 3 weeks will make!! Photo on the left is today, photo on the right from last blog - 24th feb. I've harvested 4 zuccs this week and as you can see, there are MANY more to follow. I have been having trouble with zucchini's for some time now not developing mature fruit despite hand pollination; based on this I planted 3 plants hoping to get enough not to have to buy any. NO such problem this time. Every Zucchini female flower is developing nicely (overnight it feels like) into a beautiful zucchini. I think 3 plants might have been overkill *sigh*. That's ok, we've already sussed the neighbors out on their opinion of Zucchini - they love them so any excess will go over the fence.
You can't see it clearly but there were 4 flowers that had opened up this morning and by this arvo, they were all starting to fatten up so more coming... Here was this mornings harvest. These are the 3rd white eggplants I've harvested. They taste great but I'm a bit disappointed about the size - A lot smaller than what I would like as 1 bush won't produce enough for a feed at any one time. Might need to look into another. The only failure so far has been the broccoli/cauliflower. Only one seedling that I bought survived and all the other seeds are not coming up. I am trying toilet roll wicking planters and will let you know how it goes.
About 2 weeks ago, I was at masters and saw some cheap asparagus seedlings -> $1 Seriously - I bought 2 thinking "what the heck, I'll give them a go". Separated them out very carefully and managed to get 3-4 crowns from each into the ground. They are all sending up new shoots so obviously like their new home. I know they are too close together, once they mature for a year or so I'll spread them out. That brings my total asparagus count to 12-13 plants. Awesome.
What else?? Well I went to visit Spurtopia: Roman and Jana are wonderful, generous and interesting people. They made me feel right at home and were growing some interesting things. One thing that I got was madagascar bean seeds. They are a dried bean and I thought I might give them a go. Vigorous climbers but not to heavy on the shade; Roman had his trelissed on a wire between the house and the shed and shaped into an arch. "Perfect" I thought. They will do quite nicely growing on the front part of the garden (faces west) so in summer, they can provide some much needed shade.
Well that's it from me for now. Hope you enjoy my garden.
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