Tag Archives: vegetable gardening

Planting out potatoes

As you may have guessed, I planted out some potatoes today. It’s not the right time to plant potatoes but I wanted to plant them so that is what I did. Some may find me ridiculous for never paying attention to seasons but they are pretentious and should go away. It’s not the end of the world if nothing happens. I am not sure how long they need to be chitted but I gave them three weeks. I did some research and apparently it’s not necessary to do so, anyway.

I have planted these in an area where there is dappled sunlight all day. I am also going to plant purple congoes in hessian sacks in full sun because I have read that they can be invasive in the ground and I am not keen on a potato invasion.

In other news I potted up a large amount of basil seedlings (yes I know they are out of season but they grow brilliantly here so hush) and planted out my brussels sprouts seedlings in the garden. That’s all, folks.

XX Brooke

I am a handywoman

Today was fun. My partner and I decided that if we chop down the canopies of our macadamia nut and mulberry trees the veggie patch next to the house would receive much more sunlight. So he climbed the tree and chopped while I pulled the branches towards me so they wouldn’t land on our neighbour’s roof. I cant wait to look at the sky tomorrow.

I made a trellis for my climbing beans and got to use a drill, which was fun. I quite enjoy using a power tool once in a while. It’s nothing fancy but it’s something for the little guys to cling to.

Anyway, I need to clean my blistered hands and make dinner. Fair well, lovelies!

XX Brooke

Garden update

The seeds that I planted on May 19 are coming along nicely. Silverbeet, lettuce, beetroots and tomatoes are a bit leggy. Not too bothered by the silverbeet and lettuce since I’ll just plant them deeper when I put them in the garden, and I kind of like the tomatoes having a long stalk because I can plant them deeper and the stalk will develop more roots, making a stronger plant. That’s my excuse, anyway. I am kind of concerned about the beetroots, though, as I’m not sure if they will develop properly. We’ll see what happens.

Every single plant that had powdery mildew has completely recovered. There is not a sign of mildew or any damage, so this is fabulous.  The tomatoes haven’t completely recovered from the blight but I didn’t really expect them to. They are still growing and producing fruit, and they aren’t getting any worse so I think I may aswell continue to remove badly damaged foliage and spray the plants once a week. There’s no point ripping them out.

The carrot seeds I planted about 3 weeks ago have finally germinated. Lucky for them, too, since I was close to emptying the container and starting from scratch.

I planted some more seeds today, aswell. More broad beans (my first ones have got their first flowers), purple king beans, blue lake beans and rattlesnake beans, strawberry temptation, beam’s yellow pear tomatoes, sweet corn, fennel and some other stuff I cant remember.

Cut worms ate about 80 percent of my capsicums and chillies. I still have about 5 of each so I guess it’s ok. Sort of disheartening that 2 months of love and care can be destroyed in one night by something smaller than my finger, but that’s gardening I suppose.

I shall perservere.

XX Brooke

Slugs and snails and puppy dog tales

For anyone suffering from slugs or snails eating your garden, I suggest trying to mulch it with straw. My bok choy was being absolutely slaughtered by the slimy little buggers and now that I have used straw to mulch them they are looking almost pristine. I don’t know why, but it’s working.

This is the worst plant. The rest is hole-free.

My dogs keep exploring my vegetable beds. I yell at them to get off and they stop, look at me and wag their tails. Then they go and explore the vegetable beds some more, crushing cabbages as they go. Perhaps they are munching on slugs and snails.

XX Brooke

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

 

What the heck is going on here?

Look at it! It’s enormous! It looks like it’s EATING ANOTHER FLOWER! Why have all my Rouge De Marmande tomatoes got one enormous flower like this? Does this mean I will get huge tomatoes that eat other tomatoes? Who knows? If you do, let me know. Then we can be in the know together.

In other news, my chilli and capsicum plants are almost ready to go into the ground. This is exciting as it’s taken at least 6 weeks for them to get to this stage. Slightly cold weather means they aren’t growing super fast. Also, I grew them from seeds I nabbed from a capsicum and chilli that I bought at the grocery store so I have no idea what they’ll turn out like. It’s kind of exciting really.

And finally, lookit them, all two of them! My little tigerella tomatoes. OH LOOK AT HOW PRECIOUS THEY ARE!!! Oh joy and rapture! I am going to eat them in a caprese salad. Not right now obviously. They’re only babies, silly.

What veggies have you got to harvest from your garden?

Take care, all.

XX Brooke

The only good thing about weekend rain

Sparkly raindrops!

*Sigh*

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!

XX Brookie

Seeds, glorious seeds!

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.

Take care!

XX Brookie