"I don't have any problems with birds Sheryl [except in late summer when they attack the tomatoes]
I would think the only point to consider with rocket around tomatoes is the size/height - but I guess it would be alright - by the time the…"
"Another weekend for planting. I have bought another grafted tomato - couldn't resist !! But where to plant it??? I think another two rows of carrots today and a row of parsnips are needed. And more lettuce around the tomatoes,…"
"Maanaged to get some planting done today - the last of my tomato seedlings have gone in including a cherry and a graft. Got about 20 icebergs planted around the tomatoes [to keep the ground moist]. Also managed to get some annuals planted. "
I grow a main crop of about 14 beef tomatoes and then about a half dozen of other sorts so I have a range of colours, shapes, textures and tastes, including Tula [black] zebra [green striped] sausage [green], and a cherry. I also plant…"
"Hi sheryl - summer is nearly here!! I think we are in for a wet few days but everything looking earlier than usual. I have planted one tomato, one cucumber and one courgette which I bought at the markets on Sat morning. I have got 12 tomato plants…"
"These last couple of days have felt very warm - feels like Labour weekend has come a bit earlier this year! I went off to the markets this morning and got some plants - one tomato to plant early, stevia, rocket and some lettuce. I have my own…"
"Hi kiwi brown - I am pricking my seedling tomatoes out into slightly bigger pots but I wont be planting them in the garden for another month yet. Even though the weather seems warmer than usual, I will still go about things cautiously. Re the…"
"Tomatoes: my seedlings are now ready to prick out into biger pots. I did leave them inside too long and they have got a little leggy but still all good. I planted a few different sorts today to get some variety - green sausage, Tula and cascade.…"
"Orchids - hi kiwi brown, I have occasionally split my orchids. It is quite easy. After removing from the bag, split them, trim the roots and repot with new orchid potting mix. They do like to be compact and take a couple of years to grow and fill up…"
I have a large urban landscaped garden with a wide range of shrubs, trees, annuals and perennials. The vege garden consists of several raised beds and I focus on basic vegetables including summer garden of lettuce, beans, tomatoes, carrots, spring onions, and a winter garden of leeks celery cabbage cauli broccolli spinach red onions, garlic,
I wonder if you can put grass clippings on the beds when they come through without touching the stems to suppress the weeds? Might just have to try it & see if it will affect the conditions of growing the garlic. My hubby travels to the KDC everyday for his work too & still likes the drive. I have still got loads to learn about gardening cos I didn't plant nearly enough veg to see us though the summers months- like when i ran out of cucumbers I didn't think to stagger any of the veggies as well as tomatoes, lettuces & loads more. Just assumed the planting season was over & went without or bought fresh. Don't know what made me think that when I know you can plant veg all year round. Silly, thinking about it now as I've realised there is no hard & fast rules of planting veggies from seed or seedling...just do it really. My greatest win though was planting loads of early & late season potatoes. I have only now just bought my first bag of potatoes from the shop this year! And I am finally "getting the stagger thing" with growing brocolli & other winter veg thru the winter. Still, at the end of the day it's times like this when reflecting over past experiences can actually improve next seasons knowledge. Loving your compost photos...wish mine would hurry up & get like that hehe.
Hi Rex, I'm just wondering what you put over your garlic beds as mulch to stop the weeds? I've planted the stronger variety this time instead of the elephant garlic hoping to get a good crop next year. I don't have weed mat down like Ive been advised as I would rather something natural that would eventually breakdown. Any suggestions?