One month ago we planted out our seedlings that we raised into their new home – our vegetable patch. I have to report that we have had no bandicoot invasions in the vegetable patch to this day. Our fencing and raised beds have kept the little buggers out. Though our herb garden is not looking as good but I will get to that later. Above you can see our transplanted bean seedlings on the left and on the right one month on the beans now have started flowering and two beans have made it to our mouths.
The plants have grown like crazy. I have watered them every second day, though now that they are flowering and fruit starting to form I am now watering daily. We have staked out our tomatoes, cucumbers and eggplants.
You can take a look at our plants one month ago HERE.
I have trained my tomatoes to grow higher before they start fruiting. A couple of weeks ago I picked off all the flowers about to open, I have removed the bottom leaves on the main stalk. This way there are no leaves and fruit hanging on the ground. To tie the tomatoes to the stakes I have used stockings, which were kindly donated by Mel (thanks). I learnt many years ago that if you use stockings on the tomatoes it does not bruise them so much. It also allows a little give to the plants.
Can’t wait for my tomato flowers to turn into edible fruit.
Cucumbers climbing above and they are now flowering like the zucchini’s below.
Everything is looking healthy and I have recently bought some pyrethrum spray for the bugs to keep it organic as possible. I don’t want to loose my harvest to catapillars or flies.
Our herb garden is slowly, slowly coming along. Thanks to the bandicoots majority of our herbs have been dug up at least once or more. From our 12 parsley only four managed to survive. I have also lost two thyme plants, a punnet of chives and a punnet of spring onions. This weekend I plan to add some rosemary to the bed as well.
We have also added in a chili plant to help provide shade once it grows and a gooseberry bush to also provide shade for the Greek basil I bought.
I look forward to sharing with you next month our first harvest from Huthwaite Farm.
Do you have a veggie patch, what are you growing? Or are you simply growing herbs on your window sill?