Last month we planted our vegetable seeds in a tray to sprout. After completing our vegetable patch we had a few weeks before the seedlings were ready for transplanting. Which gave us time to prepare the soil. Our soil has a 6.5 ph reading which is great but it is hard as a rock. During the two weeks while the seeds were germinating and sprouting. We applied horse manure, mushroom compost and a little dolomite to the soil. Mixing it through with a pitch fork, trying to break up the clumps of clay like soil. After the soil turning, we covered it with grass clippings to help the soil to start breaking down and keep in any moisture the morning dew had left. Though it did not do much until it rained.
Last week we were blessed with a solid 14mm of rain and a short storm came over several days later. I feel like a true farmer, when is it going to rain, how much, will it fill the tank? All questions I ask myself now daily, I want my 200 trees watered and my new vegetable patch to thrive.
Since we transplanted our seedlings into their new home it has rained on them, which leaves me happy and a smile upon my face. With the bandicoot protection and more rain to come, I hope to have a harvest party in early December to celebrate our victory of growing veggies out of suburbia.
6 days after sewing the seeds
9 days after sewing the seeds
16 days later a tray ready for transplanting.
Farmer Roy evaluating where we are going to plant everything.
four weeks has gone by and now the seeds have sprouted and been transplanted into their new home, the growth has been incredibly, the beans have shot up doubling their size. Our zucchini’s and tomatoes are thriving too.
We had to buy tomato seedlings as we only seemed to have 4 come up out of 12. Our red peppers that I bought were also a no-show. We have added kale, capsicums and tomato seedlings to the patch. Most of our seeds worked though we have a few new tactics to try next time. A few of the plants seem to be still adjusting to the move – cucumber, okra and eggplant.
After reading the organic gardener and have learnt more about compatible partnering I have decided to plant a wind break on the other side of our fencing. I have bought two varieties of rosemary and a few varieties of lavender. This will also encourage more bees to swing by and pollinate our flowers when we get them.
We have also planted out our melons and pumpkins on the outside of the fencing – brave I know. At the moment they are still looking great, we have placed them inside tree protectors so they can get established before letting them go wild down the hill-side.
What veggies can’t you live with out? I would love some ideas about what to start growing early next year. I have ideas of potatoes, garlic and perhaps onions so far. Recently we found one of our neighbours have asparagus growing. So I am definitely going to get some in. Which means more garden beds.
Who would be interested in picking up a box of fresh organic vegetables for Christmas?