Looks like I will be feeding the whole neighbourhood, at the rate that the plants are going in the the ground at the moment.
Planted out - fancy lettuce (I love the stuff), spinach, spring onions,radicchio, swede, cabbages this adds to the 2 other sorts of cabbage, bok choi, red onions, carrots, cauliflower, silverbeet, peas, marigolds, nasturtium and of course lettuce that I planted last week (told you I loved the stuff).
That's the problem when you convert over to the square foot gardening - you still have to deal with all the punnets that you sowed up before hand. Have already given away heaps to co-workers and neighbours already. I don't have the heart to cull anything.
I'm very lucky at the moment because I have quite a few bins and buckets which will quickly be filling up with tomatoes, peppers, (yes, I know it's the wrong time I just can't help myself) pumpkins (6 little beauties) and more lovely peas. I'll train them up my fence line (Hope it's strong enough. Oh well, could do with a new fence anyway!)
So, I have gone back to the book that started it all. An worked out how many plants I will need to have on hand, approx resow schedule (What a geek!). Hopefully it will give me the self control not to over sow in the first place. Old habits die hard.
Will try and keep a detailed record so I can see the results both good and bad.
1st May 2009
Thank goodness for trademe!!
I have been using grass clippings on the paths in my veggie plot to keep the weeds down. But today have managed to pick up a free car load (4 large bins and 5 large rubbish bags full) of beautiful willow wood chips.
Managed to get it to cover all my paths 15 cm deep so will last me a long time (with extra to spare to fill in any gaps)
It looks fantastic!!!!!
Told my neighbour so he will be going out too
3rd May 2009
Had a wonderful time today - Went to MIT, the first Sunday of every month they sell off the plants that the students have grown and it's a great way to get cheap plants. I spent $5 and got ten punnets of veggie, herb and flowering plants. What a bargain.
Also planted up my own punnets but this time instead of a whole punnet each only did a few cells each. Very controlled for me.
Guess what else I planted??? Yes, more lettuce!!!!
Well my "Square Foot Garden" is completely full, now all I have to do is water, weed, watch and EAT. Can't wait.
Sunday 17th May 2009
Well today was the first time I have needed to weed my square foot garden, took me all of 15 minutes. How great is that.
Very disappointed with all of my cauliflowers and Chinese cabbages which have just died????? The Bok Choi is not doing to well either.
Everything else is growing very well. Still managing to get a handful of lettuce everyday for lunches. Radishes and spring onions are outstanding. My red onions have sprouted finally.
My lovely neighbour has given me another playpen for my garden which I will cover with plastic to make another windbreak.
26th July 2009
Well it's been awhile since I was last in my garden.
Starting a new job has just warn me out an I have not had any energy, other then to just look out the window and dream at the end of each day. As for the weekend, well I just wanted to curl up on the couch with a good book an watch the rain.
That was until today when I forced myself out into the garden and the lovely sun. So much to catch up on. Mow the lawns, weeding, planting out seedlings which have been negotiated.
It was a great day and now the garden is looking great again. Now I can curl up on the couch with my new NZ Gardener and Kings Seed Mags and plan for next weekend.
10th October 2009
Can't believe that I haven't added to this since July. Happy to say that I have been spending abit of time in the garden and it is looking great again. Now ready for the next big season. My seedlings are going very well in my new green house and I have prepared a new site for plant all my salads. My square foot garden is going to be used for all my preserves.
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