I don’t mind the rain, I suppose. It means I don’t have to water the garden. It also means I get to do things like make seed mats… I made carrot seed mats today. For carrots. Carrots to grow.
I also cleaned my house, which I don’t do very often.
But best of all I discovered my Green Mignonette lettuces have germinated! Hooray!
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I love basil. I love the way it looks and smells and tastes and grows and I love that it comes in so many wonderful varieties and that you can use it in so many different recipes and styles of cooking..
I like to grow my basil from seed in 4 week intervals, and have been growing much more than a normal person probably should, but I have realised that if I had enough basil I would use it in every single meal. I start my seeds inside because there are some grumpy looking brown caterpillars outside that love to devour my tiny basil seedlings.
I have five different kinds of basil seeds growing at the moment – Thai, lemon, cinnamon, purple and sweet basil.
When they get to the stage where the first true leaves are the same size as the baby leaves I re-pot them into 20cm pots with two per pot. I use a mixture of vermiculite, compost and potting mix.
I like to keep my basil plants with my tomato plants and marigolds. When it rains the smell is incredible. I fertilise them with dynamic lifter and I also add about a teaspoon of coffee grounds and a teaspoon of powdered eggshells once a fortnight. My tomatoes and roses also love this. They also get a liquid fertiliser once a month.
I use pine bark chips as mulch around the base of my pots to keep the soil slightly acidic. If I see any signs of flowers developing I pick them out with my finger and thumb nails. I am lucky enough to live in a climate where I can grow basil all year round to satisfy my hunger for it.
That is all for today.. maybe not. It is raining and I haven’t got anything to do. I am going to go and stare at my seed trays and urge them to grow. Take care, everyone!
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So today I planted a large variety of seeds. I made a seed raising mix from compost, cheap potting mix, vermiculite, and dynamic lifter.
I put the mixture minus the vermiculite in the food processor (I’m odd, but I am the naughty gardener after all) to make it a bit finer since the potting mix was quite chunky and so was the compost. This method has served me well in germination rate but I wouldn’t recommend it for any neat freaks or germophobes out there. A time-consuming task that results in dirt all over my kitchen and a cranky partner but a nice mix that will make me some happy little plants.
I planted the following
Lettuce – Green Mignonette
Tomato – Grosse Lisse
Beetroot – Crimson Globe
Onion – Red Rossa
Silverbeet – Fordhook Giant
Okra – Lady’s Fingers
No pictures because who wants to see a photo of a bucket full of dirt? Not I.
Next week I will be taking a visit to the demolition yard to find some materials to make a nice big container for planting carrots and other root vegetables, because I’m cheap and don’t want to spend a fortune on some fancy container from Bunnings. Oh the excitement! I love thrift stores and tip shops and demolition yards.
That’s all for today.