It’s been a long time since I’ve had a garden to share, and while it’s not quite finished we are picking little bits and pieces to add to our meals. Each day I head out and check on the growth, I squeal with excitement when I see that our peas are tall enough to reach the next level on the trellis, and when there’s enough silverbeet to add to an omelette. There’s still a lot of work to be done. Oxalis grows up through the carpet we laid as a weed matting, and I feel the constant need to pull it out. I don’t want to poison as it’s mostly growing up around the rhubarb, and in the veggie bed. I know that it’ll die off during summer, but do you have any natural tips to remove it and save the rhubarb? Everything in the veggie bed seems pretty slow growing, my grandma says that this winter has been very cold down here and may be stunting growth. Still, each day I head out and check for progress. TO DO:
- Weed – removing the oxalis and throwing it into the chicken pen. I don’t mind weeding, just a few minutes a day with my hands in the dirt, makes for a happy Clare.
- I really want to get some tomatoes growing from seed this season. So I’ve bought myself a mini greenhouse and I’ll be getting some seeds into dirt soon. I read something somewhere not too long ago that you should get tomato seeds into the ground on the day that is between the solstice and the equinox.
- Down the side of our house, leading to the chickens, we have planted rhubarb with gaps big enough for fruit trees. It’s the time of year for bare rooted trees to go into the ground. We’ll be planting apples (for cider), stone fruit (for preserving) and maybe another citrus.
- Prepare our asparagus bed. As it’s the first time we’ve ever felt confident of not moving, it’s the first time I’ve ever felt confident to plant asparagus.
- Make a worm farm. This is one I’ve been talking about for a LONG time. I think the worm castings and juice will be so beneficial to our garden and the excess worms can give our chickens some much needed protein.
I was pretty happy to get garlic in the ground, I know it’s not enough to keep us going for the whole year, but it’s a good start. I brought a huge rhubarb crown home from my friends house and split it into 12. I have planted six plants and gifted the rest. Some have struggled, they are closest to the chicken pen and were the first to get attacked when they would get out. But the one closest to the veggie garden has gone to seed. I’m just wondering what I do with it. Is it ok? I’m absolutely loving having a garden to play in, to work on, and to watch grow. I don’t think there is enough time spent watching plants grow.
What’s happening in your garden this month?
A monthly link-up about growing your own vegetables. Hosted by Lizzie from Strayed from the Table, Kate from Rosehips & Rhubarb and Krystie from A Fresh Legacy. To find out more about joining in the fun click here.