Let us know what you have been doing in the garden lately plus the tips and tricks to making it work.
Latest Activity: on Thursday
Good tips on the milk powder - I guess it is the calcium. Problems such as blossom end rot are caused by lack of calcium combined with lack of water to carry calcium around the plant. Will definitely be using this tip next summer.
I'm with you on that one, Richard - it's something I learned to do about 5 years ago, and it seems it helps the tomato plants a) settle in quicker and b) gives them sturdy growth that (in my humble opinion) seem to have avoided psyllid. I just put a tablespoon(ish) in the hole before popping the plant in - this goes for eggplants and capsicums too. As well, milk powder in the planting hole of cucurbits seems to help them avoid blossom end rot and gives good strength to the plants.
I've heard that a bit of milk powder bellow root level can work wonders, Rex. I tried it under spuds this year, figuring that they are related. A good way of using up the expired stuff from the emergency kit.
Hmmmm, we are half way through May. Tomato seeds go in mid August, that's three months. I need to think about where I am going to plant next years tomatoes and what I need to do to prepare the soil. Perhaps a bit of investigation into tomato plant growing needs will be my homework over the next few days. I wonder what other people do to prepare the ground for their tomato plants to get the best results?
I planted another lot of leeks today and have another lot ready to plant out in a few days. A favourite way of cooking leeks is to cut some bacon up and start frying. Add leeks and just enough chicken stock for them to cook in. Mmmmmm.
Planted out seedlings of cauliflower, spinach and lettuce today. Got it done before the rain has come in, so now they're being gently watered in by nature. Beetroot seeds have sprouted, so have carrots. Planting broad beans and sugar snaps tomorrow.
For the first time ever I have a proper winter garden going. But also for the first time, I have / am clearing away dead summer stuff which is leaving cleared garden beds which I don't need for winter. I sowed mustard in the earlier cleared beds, but I think it's too late for that now. Any suggestions on something cheap / free to cover these bare beds? I know where I can get free sawdust but is that good for wintering over gardens? And it's gonna be hard work - it's free but load your own, and I would need at least 3 maybe 4 trailer loads. That's a LOT of shovelling! I don't think I could manage more than 1/2 a load a day without falling down dead! Hmm, maybe I should just try the mustard seed and hope for the best. Any suggestions? (PS is there anything more disgusting than cleaning up the tomato bed? Yuk!)
Weeding weeding weeding! Unbelievable weed growth after the drought was broken. Now its time to get some more compost onto the vege plots where the early maturing broccoli has been harvested, and more lettuce, spring onion, cauli and broccoli planted for early spring harvests. Although its a bit late I'm going to plant some winter flowering annuals too. Pansies, maybe some alyssum or lobelia as well.
I don't think that was their name Lynn - I will ask at the market when I go next - you have got me curious now ! ! ! I am saving the seed.
When I removed the last plants from the vege box before it was moved, I potted up some of the hard-pruned capsicum plants. I have peppers coming on again - very strange for this time of the year...but loving it!
Rex, they look a little like the Corno del Toro I grew this year.
Sign Upor Sign In
Or sign in with:
20% off first Ooooby Box
Food Growing Experts
Food Growing Gurus
Permaculture Diploma Holders
Do your own search
© 2013 Created by Pete Russell.
Report an Issue |
Terms of Service
Please check your browser settings or contact your system administrator.