Lovely grey day up at the farm today, and everything is looking much greener!
Following on from Saturday’s purchases, we collected 6 rosella seedlings that my parents had collected from a lady at the Thursday Redcliffe markets, and postponed the planting for the predicted cooler weather today. Then, on our trip up to the farm, we found strawberries at the shop in Blackbutt, so bought 3 of those, then today, when we ran out of potting mix for the chillis (they’re all in reclaimed styrofoam vegie boxes this year) and had to make a trip to bunnings, we found more rosellas and strawberries … sooo yep, hubby and I had a rather busy day planting them all out, and Bed 2 is known as ‘jam bed’ (rosellas and strawberries) :P
Pic 1: Bed 4 – cucumbers along the reclaimed-fencing frame, blackbutt strawbs along the back, and lemon balm, thyme and parsley. This bed had the horse-manure-and-charcoal mix that I prepared a few weeks ago dug in, then topped with home-made compost before planting.
Pic 2: Rosella Patch – the six rosellas from Redcliffe. This is the eastern part of the ex-Chilli Patch, with the volunteer pumpkins on the western side. This patch was cleared out, rotavatored and had horse manure and compost piled on, before letting it sit for a few weeks, watering it every other day to keep the soil from drying out.
Pic 3: The thai birds eye and ghost chillis in their reclaimed styrofoam vegie boxes.
Pic 4: Bed 2 – ‘the jam bed’ with the bunnings rosellas and strawbs. This bed had a layer of lucerne trimmings laid down before also being topped with home-made compost before planting.
Pic 5: The baby fresno chillis and one of the mint seedlings, again in their reclaimed styrofoam vegie boxes.
The other herbs got scattered around the vegie patch in various gaps.
Now I think its time for a sit-down :)
Market day! :)
More chillis for our jams, cucumbers for pickles and herbs to replace the few that didn’t make it through summer, and add more to the ones we’ve got (can you ever really have too much mint or lemon balm??). From the top: flat-leaf parsley, 2x mint, 5x ghost chillis, 2x cucumbers (altho there are 3 in each pot), 3x thai birds eye chillis, lemon balm, 2x fresno chillis, shallots, chives, 2x thyme, 2x oregano, and garlic chives.
Plus the half-doz or so rosella seedlings we’ll be collecting at lunchtime.
What do you get when you use home-made compost to top-up a garden bed before planting the next crop? Free pumpkins!
As the weather warms up, here in Bris, you may start finding some of these little critters on your plants. Don’t squish them! They may look odd/scary but these little guys are ladybug nymphs (adolescent stages) and they, along with the adults they’ll become, are your best allies against aphids.
Planting done! :) All the little seedlings have found new homes, been seasolled, and tucked in for the night (ie mulched).
Also! Yesterday, while I was planting out some of those seedlings, I found a new recruit to our Vegie Patch Pest Management Team! :D A young blue-tongue! YAY!
It’s been a while since I’ve shared a TinyHouse. What do you think of this one? I quite like how they’ve been able to fit in a full-size fridge/freezer, oven and sink (although I’d still prefer it be located at the end of the kitchen to give more usable bench space), stairs to the loft and I really like the copper highlights!
Anyone else have trouble keeping nutrients and structure in sandy soil? Looks like I’ll be putting together a batch of ‘dry method’ char and horse manure this weekend too! Has anyone else tried this?
Market day! And more seedlings to pot up/plant out this arve (from top-left to right): red choi, 2x cayenne, sage, mustard, 2x roma toms, red chard/silverbeet, 2x jalapeno, another roma, basil, 3x jalapeno, basil :)
That’ll bring our chilli crop to 5 of each of sanam, cayenne and jalapeno, plus the older bushes from last year (sanam and birdseye). The rest will be going into various beds in the vegie patch, that I’ll be topping up with compost before planting.
Yay for weekends! :D