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The blight of the naughty gardener

Warning – I may use a couple of curse words in this post.

Rain, rain, go away.

All this rain has given me downy mildew and tomato blight. Not me personally, but my garden.

I yelled at the plants, I shook my fist at them, I pleaded with them, then I took to them all with a pair of scissors. I removed all the damaged leaves and told them if they don’t get their shit together I may kill them (violently) before the fungi does. I sprayed them with a home-made fungal remedy and walked away. They are looking better. I may post the recipe later if it saves them.

The good news is I planted new seeds today. Always fun. I planted nasturtiums, sparkler radishes, english spinach, chives, dill, pickling cucumbers, and kholrhabi. I also purchased a stevia plant, some rhubarb plants and some chamomile.

I planted out my spring onion starts and some garlic plants. Oh, and some more eggplants. You can never have enough eggplants. Mainly because my eggplants only tend to develop one or two fruit. I got some liquid potash that I hope may help with this.

There are a lot of little tomato plants springing up where I had another tomato plant. I am wondering if they will produce decent fruit since this particular plant’s fruits rotted from the inside out and smelled really foul. I will leave them and see what happens since all my other tomatoes are situated far away from them. Does anyone know what this is? It’s not blossom end rot. The fruit was kind of leathery and a weird colour all over. Whatever happens with them doesn’t really matter since I wont be planting tomatoes there again. I suppose there is no reason to let them go to waste. I am curious about what this is though.

So, that’s it!

XX Brooke

 

Beautiful Basil

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!

XX Brooke