I’ve recently been asked for a backyard tour from some readers. It’s tricky to know about the best way to share. So the above picture is a panorama, it’s slightly distorted. On the far left we have our arches. In the garden bed they are attached to, there are tiny seeds just breaking through the earth. Straight up the middle is the chook pen, you can in fact see Gertrude (the white dot). Just to the left of center, up the back, you can see Doogle.
Soon there will be peas and beans climbing over those arches. This garden bed will be full of winter vegetables. There is parsnip, carrots, broccoli, coriander, leek and garlic. We’ve tried companion planting for the first time ever, and I’m excited to see how our garden bed will grow.
We were recommended by a friend to plant only in the first two weeks of the moon cycle. I honestly don’t know if it’s made any difference, but it does force us to get things in the ground. From Thursday, we will be planting out our tiny seedlings, and some more garlic. We realised that this bed gets fantastic sun, so we’ve covered it in manure, dug it in and watered it really well. Next we will cover in soaked newspaper (it’s in the wheelbarrow), and then pea straw. I have found that this keeps the moisture in and the weeds out.
These seeds have been growing almost two weeks now, there is over 300 onions, 150 lettuce and Bak Choy, and a slightly smaller amount of Brussel Sprouts. J, was so enthusiastic that he didn’t check the amount of seeds in the packets and planted them all, and with an average of 95% germination rate, we’re going to have a lot of these few things.
Have you ever had an abundance of one particular thing? Any locals up for some seedling swapping?