Today I dug for potatoes. I thought, maybe there might be something there? And by god there was! About a month ago I pulled up one shoot only to see the teeniest little spud growing. Mike assured me we should wait a lot longer. After this tragic realisation, I had a flash back to that time I dug up my dead guinea pig.I had thought at the time, that it might be a “dinosaur” (it was 2 weeks post burial). I was around 8-9 years old (My shovel hit something and when I pulled it out from the earth there was guinea pig skin all wet and sticking to the shovel. My 4 sisters were screaming at me, and I think they all still consider me a terrible monster for digging in the first place! Anyway, clearly the lesson was not learned.
I’m still impatient.
We’ve now dug up a medium sized bowl full of all sizes of the glorious spuds. These were planted in about September. We had a potato in our pantry that had grown eyes and lots of shoots at the time. I segmented it into separate parts for each shoot and dug them into our pallet garden bed. Seriously stoked, each time I dug into the dark soil – there was another pale nugget!
We’ve learned the hard way not to plant sweet corn near our tomato plants as they attract a moth that lays it’s ravenous little babies (whom especially love the corn but also enjoy green tomatoes). To combat this issue naturally, Mike trimmed the tomato plants at the base up to 12 inches from the ground. He also did a thorough scan for the caterpillars and “eliminated” them. I think he fed them to the fish tank…
Initially Wesley and I would spend about 10 minutes a day weeding in the garden. We did this for about 3 weeks. Now, there are very few weeds to pull and it’s all become quite an easy process. To be honest though, I found weeding quite therapeutic (at least this standing version anyway – probably wouldn’t have been so keen bending down).
Most of the other plants have grown exceptionally well (bar the capsicum and chilli – they seem to be awaiting warmer weather).
A few months back I harvested the seeds from the coriander, sage and thyme plants. I then trimmed them down. They all have continued to flourish – and I’ve noticed even now the sage is flowering again! It’s quite a stunning plant, and looks great in the batch we have growing.
The herbs we have successfully grown:
Coriander, Thyme, Sage, Lemon Grass, Rosemary, Italian Parsley, Broad Leaved Parsley, Watercress, Chives, Rocket and Basil.
Plants that we’ve grown or are in the midst of waiting:
Eggplant, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Sweet Corn, Kale, Lettuce, Capsicum, Silver Beet, Beetroot, Chilli Plants, Capsicum, Strawberries, Apple Seeds, Lemon Seeds, Radishes, Fennel, Spinach, Perpetual Spinach, Baby Carrots, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Red Onions & Leeks.
- Mint. Which is pretty odd considering the stuff grows like a weed everywhere else!
- Avocado. These have been in water waiting to grow for months. Either we’re doing something totally wrong or the seeds aren’t good for germinating. Has anyone reading ever sprouted an avocado before? Mike’s brother managed to get some sprouting in a humid glass house…but we don’t yet have one of those.
Dear reader what natural strategies do you use to manage pests? Do you have a preferred vegetable that you enjoy growing each season?
Ps: Yup, I wear overalls now. Haha, my sister really despises them – but who cares! Ever since Wesley was born I’ve found them to be the best thing to roll around and get messy in.