I didn’t write on the veggie patch in March. The intention was there and I was to have a March Makeover blog post. But March went speeding by. Easter long weekend was to be my gardening weekend but instead I caught up with friends, swam in our local waterhole and ate loads of delicious food (and chocolate!).
Seedlings were bought on Easter Saturday. I got these from our local farmers market. It is held on a Saturday afternoon and I was able to duck up there before watering the school veggie garden. I like buying seedlings from local markets, I get to have a chat with the sellers and buy heirloom varieties. Bonus – I also picked up some luscious guavas and figs while there. Yum!
These seedlings didn’t get to go into the ground for a fortnight. I would water them every morning and promise them they would go into their new homes soon….eventually they did!
What seedlings did I end up buying?
Dill – I love the scent and taste of dill. I love when it flowers and the pollinators flutter to these flowers. Dill seedlings are usually hard for me to resist even in summer time when I know they won’t do that well here. But it is cooler now and this weather suits them well.
Kale – I have grown kale from seed before but left my run late in organising my cool weather crops. Seedlings are great for these times! There was a curly kale plant I picked up and six Nero Di Toscana seedlings.
Kale is a hungry crop so when I put these into the ground I gave them a liquid fertiliser feed and will continue to do weekly.
Sorrel – Sorrel is a perennial plant that is hardy. But even plants such as these need to be looked after eventually. The two sorrel plants I had in my patch thrived so long as I kept the parsley and lemon balm next to them at bay. But over summer, the sorrel was overshadowed by the parsley and lemon balm. My sorrel plants withered away.
For some reason, I have found it difficult to get sorrel plants. When I saw that there were two, I jumped at the chance. These sorrel plants were planted in a space were they wouldn’t get overshadowed by their neighbours.
Lettuce – the cooler weather crop that is a must in my patch. If there is only one crop that I could grow – it would be leafy greens. These were planted into styrofoam boxes close to the kitchen door for easy harvesting. This way it is easy for the kids (and myself!) to pick.
Tatsoi – young tatsoi leaves are great in salads. You can also use them in stir-fries but I often eat them raw. I have noticed that the tatsoi I have planted is growing leggy. Still yummy – just hasn’t grown as low to the ground. I think this is because it is in the shade and not full sun. The area I have put the boxes in gets the afternoon sun. I put them here because the morning sun is still quite strong.
Cucumber – I have usually planted cucumbers during the warmer months. But the longer I live here, I’m noticing that you can plant a lot year round so long as protection is provided. My climate is considered sub-tropical.
So this Lebanese cucumber plant has gone into the ground and I will see how it goes.
Grown From Seed
A rummage through my seed tin was the catalyst for sowing seed this April. These seeds packets were past their expiry date but I though I’d give them a crack anyway.
Some of the bush beans and snowpeas germinated. All the endive seeds did. I may have contributed to the rest of the seed not germinating. I was away for a weekend and someone did come and water the seed trays for me. But I had only asked them to water in the morning, I think what happened is they dried out. Once seeds have been moistened, it is important not to let them dry out as this will stop the germination process.
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