July drifted in and out of my life like the balmy days that graced us at the end of this month. There were cold nights, but the beautiful thing I like about living in SE Qld is that we have have some mild sunny days during winter. The end of July bought a few unseasonably warm days where the temperature hit 30. I was a bit concerned that my coriander would bolt due to the warm weather!
Layer of mulch
There was to be all-day power outage in our area. No office work for me! I thought I would use this opportunity to tidy up the nature strip bed. It felt awesome getting out there pulling up the old basil bushes that were now brittle and brown. I had left them there for the bees to have their fill from the basil flowers, but now the flowers were long gone.
This bed was originally all mushroom compost, then mulched. Because I had neglected it a bit, over time I noticed the mushroom compost had become dry and water repellant. Because I will not be planting out in this bed until September, I thought I should take the opportunity to nourish the soil now. So I did a bit of aerating with a fork, put in a layer of cow poo, sprinkled seaweed, and a layer of mulch. I hope come September it will be all ready to plant in.
One of my other veggie beds received a mulch spruce up as well. I reckon that adding a layer of mulch is like adding a new coat of paint to a house!
Lettuce and snowpeas for the kids lunches
My boy is fussy with food, but he will eat lettuce and snowpeas. A benefit of having both these in the garden is that I can pick them fresh and just pick what I need. I prepared a few lettuce leaves for his lunch time wrap, and a few snowpeas to munch for his school morning snack attack.
I’m looking at planting more lettuce soon to keep the cycle going. I have two snowpea plants that are starting to grow and climb. I planted these seeds late June, and followed a tip that I had read from Garden Clinic. It said to plant the seeds in moist soil, water, and then to not water until the seedlings are 7 – 10 cms tall. I wondered why I’d lose snowpea seedlings when they were tiny. They’d germinate and start off great then shrivel and die. Apparently, it’s because the roots rot due to overwatering.
Leafy Greens and Observing
I am grateful for the leafy greens in my veggie patch. Winter is an excellent time up here for random mizuna to pop up. Mizuna loves the cooler weather.
Other greens that are growing strong are rocket and sorrel. Parsley and coriander add the herb component to my salads. Harvesting from my patch connects me to it. I take five and observe what is happening at the ground level.
Crowding in one area may mean pulling up the daikon radishes whose leaves have now overshadowed the small kale plant that was growing near it. I also noticed that a random cherry tomato plant is taking over, so I cut this back.
Cheery Nasturtium Flowers
Nasturtium flowers are dotted through the veggie patch. I was harvesting some leafy greens for a friend. How special does a salad look when it has some nasturtium flowers on top? So I added some flowers to the mix. She was very appreciative.
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