Veggie Patch Ramblings
Oh my little veggie patch. I feel I have neglected you this month! Life has been super busy, nothing new there and the month has flown by….but I have managed to be an opportunistic gardener this month and when there is a spare bit of time, go out and give the veggie patch some TLC.
This month I have pulled up my broccoli and sowed some carrot seeds where they once were. I had read in Organic Gardener an article by Peter Cundall that suggested to grow carrots after broccoli. Carrots have little need for extra nutrients, in fact they thrive without them and because broccoli is such a hungry crop and has already sucked up all the goodies out of the soil, carrots are perfect to grow straight after, so I’m giving it a go. We have sown dragon carrots in our front yard and they were quite successful, however that area now has turned into a more ornamental garden so will see how these ones go.
Bok Choy and snowpeas have also been pulled up and provided a great feed for a friend’s chooks. In its place I sowed some Lebanese cucumber seeds, which I was so excited about when the first one popped its little head up. There is a bit of rio there from the snowpeas so hoping to train the cucumbers up as well.
I popped some more lettuces in. However, with the weather getting warmer they do tend to bolt so I will be trying to plant out lettuce every couple of weeks. I also have random lettuces popping up due to letting previous lettuces going to seed.
Giving herbs another go:garlic chives, pineapple sage, basil, thyme, oregano and parsley….I have planted lots of basil to make pesto. Managed to kill a few of the basil seedlings which when I told the guy at the local markets who I buy my seedlings off that, looked at me with amusement and said how’d you do that because they are really hard to kill off! Anyway, I have put it down to lack of water.
Two epic fails this month were my beetroot crop, which when I pulled up looked like spindly little roots intertwined together. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t take pics as all I could do was laugh. The leaves on top were quite healthy and after doing some research as to why, have found out that I over fertilised them. I should have treated them mean like the previous times I’ve grown beetroot (which produced nice fat round roots) and pretty much neglected them, lesson learnt on that one….I had no luck with kale either. I planted them out in two straight rows and that was like a neon sign for the bugs who promptly decided to come over and have a meal.
Two varieties of zucchini seeds went in…yellowjack as well as black. Tried something new and stuck paddlepop sticks in the ground where each seed was planted to easily water them but it’s now reminding me of a graveyard so not too sure if I like that idea….and black beauty and Californian wonder capsicum seeds have been put in some trays to germinate. Still harvesting beans from the current plants but need to be planting some more and hopefully that will be in next month’s update…..Let us know what has been happening in your veggie patch.