Aug 25, 2010
I seem to be having a lot more success with my variety than in past years. Broccoli has always grown well for me, but this year they seem bigger. I have also managed to grow great cabbages which is a first as normally they don’t seem to head. I am not sure whether this is down to slightly different winter conditions or the liquid compost that I used 6 weeks ago. I have decided to apply more liquid compost because I think it is probably that I have never bothered to feed my veggies in the past and they happen to like it.
This month I was focused on extended my vegetable patch, problem is that I have kind of run out of room and Mike refuses to build anymore gardens. This has not stopped me, instead I decided to get a couple of wine barrels which look stylish and are great vegetable containers, in addition I found an old wood basket in the shed and decided to use this as well. Containers are great ways to contain veggies that spread and can take over other vegetables. I have decided to grow my baby spinach in the wood basket, snow peas in one of the wine barrels and lettuces in the other.
But we have been busy and my work did not stop there. August was a great time to plant trees, so I went off to Plantet Earth in Taupaki to buy some fruit trees. Jules is a landscape designer and the owner of a large nursery specializing in lots of things (but I think her fruit trees are particularly special) I convinced Mike to help me plant out an unused bank at the back of our section.
We have ended up with 3 feijoas, 1 orange, 1 nectarine, 1 golden queen peach, 1 hybrid apricot, 1 hybrid plum. These trees will form the boundary of our section as well as hopefully screen a bank which is a bit unsightly and of course provide a place for the children to play, climb and pick fruit! I am also trying to grow fruit trees in the espalier style. This is new to me, it is a term I have not personally heard of before and that I find fascinating.
On the fence we are going to grow a pear tree and 2 apple trees which will be trained to grow along the retaining wall on wires. This is a very European way of growing fruits and citrus. I am curious as to whether it will work at my house, especially give the spot is not the sunniest… we can only hope!
Well remember to keep feeding those veges; I am off to give mine some more Living Earth liquid compost now. I have not sprayed or worried about slug slam yet (not that I am too against it) but I have been told that you can lay out shallow bowls with beer in them and the slugs will be naturally attracted to these instead of the vegetables. I am going to try this before I revert to slug slam... I will let you know how it goes.
Another little tip we have just learnt is that surrounding your red veges/fruit with a red mulch will triple the yield that you will get. Give it ago. Grab a bag of our red coloured mulch and put it around the base of half your tomato or strawberry plants and see the difference at harvest time.