Remember my vegie patch and my garlic?? The garlic is still there. It is not doing anything startling. I did a bit of reading and it seems it is time to give them some high nitrogen fertiliser. So they got a feed of blood and bone today. I don’t know when they are supposed to form bulbs but they certainly haven’t done it yet.
Anyway, my garlic has some new friends.
Mint: which is looking amazingly healthy. We eat a lot of mint so I am hoping it won’t become a problem. I have even taken a small piece with roots and re-planted it in case we need more than one plant can cope with.
Parsley: I bought one pot which, on close inspection, contained about 10 seedlings. I planted them out separately. I now have 10 healthy plants from which we are picking most days.
Silver beet and rainbow chard: I am not a big fan of silverbeet so I was determined not to have too many plants. I bought one pot and planted it but, as it grew, it became evident that it was more than one plant – about 10 in fact – so I separated them out. They are all doing fabulously. Too well in fact. I am picking every second or third day. Because I don’t particularly like it, I am steaming it and adding it to the dogs’ food. I read that it is very good for them.
The weeds are from the straw. They are quite easy to pull up but it is still annoying that they are there.
Red bunching onions: though they don’t look red. I am a bit confused by them; they look like ordinary spring onions to me. I don’t really know what to do with them. They are supposed to be perennials which multiply – but they don’t appear to be multiplying, just getting bigger. Does anyone know what I am supposed to do with them? Maybe I need to be a bit more patient.
And now there is my summer collection… I bought little seedlings and potted them in Perth. There are cherry tomatoes, window box Roma tomatoes, Lebanese cucumbers (2 of which, since I took this photo, have been pulled up by magpies), basil, oregano, thyme, sage, capsicums and jalapeno chillies.
and one of the basil plants. I bought a punnet of basil so I have 8 plants. That is quite a lot for someone who doesn’t like it. I wasn’t going to plant any but then needed some for a dish and it cost me $2.00 for two little twigs!! That was it. I bought the purple variety because that was all that was available.
This is one of the window box Roma tomatoes. They only grow 30-40 centimetres tall and, therefore, don’t need any support. My sister, Sandra, told me about them . They are, reportedly, prolific producers for their size.
I also have 4 cherry tomatoes. Maus is in the process of making a trellis for them because they grow quite tall.
As I am a bit worried about the Lebanese cucumbers the magpies seem to like, I bought a packet of seeds today. It was quite hard finding the seedlings so I am going to try growing them by seed. I also bought coriander seeds and rocket seeds. We eat a lot of both and they grow very easily here.
And, just in case my bunching onions don’t turn out to be perennial onions, I bought a packet of spring onion (Toga) seeds.They are red. I will see how they go.
We have had the garden automatically reticulated so when we are not here, all my babies will get watered. We have also had the irrigation for the second bed set up. We just have to make it.
All this, planted on a pile of clay fill, layered with weeds, blood and bone, paper, manure, straw and compost. If you didn’t read my previous post on how we set it up, here is the link.